Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, May 12, 2022
A search is underway for a suspect who opened fire at a Dallas hair salon, and injured three Korean women inside before fleeing Wednesday, police say.
Dallas police responded to the Hair World Salon at 2216 Royal Lane at 2:20 p.m. local time, in an area called the Asian Trade District, known as the city’s Koreatown.
The suspect, described as a Black male dressed in all black, walked into the business and started shooting, striking the three women, police said in a news release.
NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reports the salon is a Korean-owned business and all the victims — the owner, an employee and a customer — were Korean women.
A motive for the shooting has not yet been confirmed. Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said in a media briefing Wednesday that investigators do not have any indication that the shooting was a hate crime, but aren’t ruling it out.
The suspect left the scene in a maroon minivan, police said.
Law enforcement shared video surveillance stills of the suspect, appearing to hold a large rifle-like weapon, and the vehicle he left in.
Dr. Brian Ahn, the Chairman of the Korean Society of Dallas, told NBC News the community is afraid following the shooting.
“I think people feel scared because many businesses are here. Korean people want to protect the community and prevent crime,” he said, calling for peace. “Right now people are like, ‘Oh my God, it could happen to me.’”