Dallas police have added extra security near Asian American communities after a series of shootings targeting Asian-owned businesses.
All three shootings occurred in a neighborhood known as the first Korean town in the Dallas area, CNN reports.
The first shooting took place April 2 and police say the gunman shot into Asian-run businesses at a strip mall. The second shooting took place May 10 and the gunman fired shots at other Asian-owned businesses while driving by.
The latest shooting took place Wednesday afternoon at a Korean-owned hair salon, leaving three women injured, according to a CNN article.
During a recent news conference, Chief Edgardo Garcia said after reviewing the data, police believe there may be a connection because of the suspect’s vehicle which was described as a red minivan for two of the shootings, and burgundy for one.
Police have now added extra patrols According to NBC Dallas, officers were placed at two predominately Korean churches by Carrollton PD, and extra patrols and surveillance were added near Korean-owned businesses.
Senior Pastor Daniel Park told NBC Dallas he was appreciative of police offering their presence at all worship services.
Park, the pastor at New Song Church in Carrollton, said the added security placed by police was genuine and sincere and they are grateful for it.
Chang Hye Jin, 44, a salon owner, was one of the three injured in the shooting last Wednesday. She believes the shooting was a hate crime, according to NBC News.
“It especially feels targeted because he didn’t even demand money,” she told NBC News. “He just came in to shoot people.”
A suspect has not been publicly identified by police.
NBC Dallas said police held a safety meeting Monday night for the Korean community in North Texas.
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