Dallas police search for suspect in Koreatown barber shop shooting


May 12 (Reuters) – Dallas police on Thursday searched for a gunman who entered a barber shop in the Koreatown section of the city and opened fire, injuring three women in an incident that echoed last year’s shooting in the Atlanta area that targeted people of Asian descent. descent.

The victims – the owner of the Hair World salon, a stylist who worked there and a client – were all Korean women, according to information from ABC affiliate WFAA. They were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The unidentified suspect, described as a thin-built black man between 5ft 7in and 5ft 10in tall, was dressed in black when he entered the living room and began shooting Wednesday afternoon, the department Dallas police mentioned. The shooter then fled in a minibus.

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While authorities said they did not know the motive for the shots, the incident brought to mind the shooting of eight people at Atlanta-area massage spas, six of whom were Asian women or Asian- Americans.

These attacks have heightened fears in Asian communities of violence inspired by anti-immigrant or anti-Asian sentiment, which has intensified in recent years, in part due to the perception that China was responsible for triggering the the global pandemic.

The statement from Dallas police did not specify the number of shots fired by the shooter.

Law enforcement circulated footage from the scene that showed a person dressed in black and carrying a large gun while appearing to run out of parking.

A police spokesman said there was no update Thursday on the condition of the three women who were shot.

The Dallas-area Korean-American community ranks among the largest in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center, and Koreatown is the historic center for Asian and Asian-American residents in the area.

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Reporting by Tyler Clifford; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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