A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shooting that wounded three women at a hair salon in the city’s Koreatown that authorities saidpolice said early Tuesday.
The suspect was being interviewed and processed, the Dallas Police Department said, and Chief Eddie Garcia was expected to provide additional information about the arrest later that day.
While still searching for him, police described the suspect as a 5’7″ to 5’10” black male with a slim build and medium-length curly hair as well as a long beard.
Garcia said last week that last Wednesday’s shooting at Hair World Salon could be linked to two other shootings at businesses run by Asian Americans.
Authorities said a man dressed all in black opened fire in the lounge and then drove away in a maroon minivan. Garcia said investigators found that a similar vehicle was reportedly involved in two other recent shootings, including an April 2 drive-through in the area where the salon is located. No one was injured in any of those shootings.
Garcia said the vehicle was also linked to a May 10 drive-by shooting about 25 miles southeast of the shopping center where Wednesday’s shooting occurred.
The three women who were shot in the hall were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The salon is in the heart of Koreatown, which is in a part of the city that was transformed in the 1980s from an industrial area to a thriving district with shops, restaurants, markets, doctors’ offices and salons.
“The possibility that we are dealing with a violent, hate-motivated gunman is chilling and deeply disturbing,” Mayor Eric Johnson said in a statement Friday night. “And I want our city’s Asian-American community, which has faced terrifyingly mounting hostility in recent years, to know that the city of Dallas and the people of Dallas stand with them.”
Violence against Asians has increased considerably in recent years. Last year, six women of Asian descent were among eight killed in aincreasing anger and fear among Asian Americans.