Gunman Shoots Three Korean Women At Dallas Hair Salon


Police are searching 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 is described as a black male dressed in all black, who walked into the business and started shooting, striking the three women, police said in a news release. 

The salon is a Korean-owned business and all the victims, the owner, an employee, and a customer were Korean women NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported. 

A motive for the shooting has yet to be confirmed.

On Wednesday,  Police Sgt. Warren Mitchell said in a media briefing that investigators do not have any indication that the shooting was a hate crime, but aren’t ruling it out. 

The three victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. Mitchell said the women were all apparently shot in their extremities. 

The suspect fled the scene in a maroon minivan, police said. 

Law enforcement released video surveillance stills of the suspect, appearing to hold a large rifle-like weapon, and the vehicle he left in. 

Police are seeking help in identifying and locating the suspect, described as thin build, 5’7 to 5’10, with curly medium length hair, and a connecting beard. 

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. 

In a statement on Thursday, the FBI’s field office in Dallas told NBC News that the agency is in communication with Dallas police and “coordinating closely.”

“If, in the course of the local investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate,” a spokesperson said. 

Police are assuring the public that the suspect will be found.

“It just brings an added fear in this community, and we want to make sure we do what we can to ease their fear,” Mitchell said.

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