Prosecutors Tuesday indicted a man in the shooting of three Asian women at Koreatown in Dallas.
The Dallas County District Attorney’s office accuses Jeremy Smith of firing 13 shots in a hair salon on May 11, reports USA Today.
“Smith is alleged to have intentionally selected the complainants because of his bias or prejudice against Asian Americans,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
CNN Reports authorities have surveillance video of a man who matches the suspect’s description running back to a vehicle. Investigators say they found a .380 handgun magazine with four live rounds in the suspect’s pocket when they arrested him.
A search of the suspect’s vehicle on May 16 uncovered a Jimenez .380 handgun, a gun magazine with four live rounds and a box of Winchester .380 ammunition with six live rounds, according to an affidavit cited by CNN.
Police say Smith’s girlfriend told police he has had near panic attacks around Asians ever since being in a vehicle crash with an Asian male two years ago.
Anytime the suspect (Smith) is around anyone of Asian descent he begins having delusions that the Asian mob is after him or attempting to harm him. Due to the delusions, the suspect has been admitted to several mental health facilities,” the affidavit reads.
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