A recent shooting that left three women wounded at a Korean-owned hair salon in northwest Dallas has been ruled out as a hate crime, police announced on Thursday.
The incident, which occurred at around 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, saw an unidentified man enter Hair World Salon at 2216 Royal Lane and scream something before firing multiple rounds.
What the man screamed remains unknown. However, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said that the authorities strongly believe hate had nothing to do with the shooting.
“We’ve done a lot of due diligence. We’ve brought in our task force,” Garcia told reporters. “Really it starts with the elements of the crime. From what we know at this time, we can confidently say that hate was not a motivating factor.”
The three Korean victims — identified as the salon’s owner, an employee and a customer – were all brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. A fourth person who was reportedly inside the salon during the shooting was unharmed.
Police described the suspect as a 5-foot-7-inch to 5-foot-10-inch tall Black male with a beard and curly, medium-length hair. He wore all-black clothing and left the scene in a dark-colored minivan.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Detective Timothy Johnston at 214-671-3523 or email him at [email protected] Those who wish to remain anonymous may call 214-373-TIPS.
Crime Stoppers has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.
Featured Image via NBC News (left), Dallas Police Department (right)