The FBI is investigating a hate crime after a suspect was apprehended in a Dallas salon shooting.

A suspect has been apprehended in connection with the killing of three ladies in a hair salon in Dallas’ Koreatown on May 11. According to authorities, the event is being investigated as a hate crime and may be connected to a spate of recent gunshots at Asian-owned businesses in the city.

According to ABC affiliate station WFAA in Dallas, the salon owner, an employee, and a customer are all Korean. According to authorities, the women were injured but not fatally and were taken to a local hospital.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia will offer more details on the arrest later in the day, according to police. A suspect, who has not been named, was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

The event is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime.

“The FBI Field Office in Dallas, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division have started a federal hate crime investigation into the incident at Hair World Salon in Dallas,” an FBI representative told ABC News on Monday.

“We’re in close contact with Dallas Police and working together to conduct a comprehensive investigation into this occurrence.” We are unable to speak further at this time due to the current investigation.”

On Monday, police met with members of the community at a town hall in Koreatown to discuss public safety concerns.

According to WFAA, two of the gunshot victims — the owner and an employee – were present at the meeting. The employee spoke through an interpreter and kept her face hidden. The women kept their identities hidden.

Law officials “concluded three recent shootings of Asian-owned companies may be connected,” Garcia said at a press conference on Friday, adding that the perpetrator in each instance was driving a similar vehicle.

According to a witness account, an unidentified Black male parked what seemed to be a “dark colour minivan-type car” on Royal Lane and then strolled across the parking lot and inside the salon, allegedly opening fire as soon as he arrived.

Police also published a security image of the maroon minivan in which the gunman allegedly departed the area.

Garcia believes the gunshot at the salon is linked to two others that occurred the day before and last month.

According to witness reports, a driver in a red minivan drove by a strip mall of Asian-owned shops on April 2 and fired rounds at three of them. There were no injuries.

According to authorities, a suspect in a burgundy van or sedan drove by on Tuesday and fired shots into Asian-owned shops around 4849 Sunnyvale Street.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve contacted our partners to alert them of the potential link and request their assistance,” Garcia added. “This includes the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force’s member agencies.” We’re also working with our North Texas law enforcement allies to see if this illegal activity has occurred or is occurring in their jurisdictions.”

Police will increase the number of high-visibility patrol officers in regions of the city with big Asian American populations, according to Garcia.

“Every resident of the city of Dallas is being asked to keep an eye out and protect our city,” Garcia stated. “Hate has no place in this place.”

These attacks in Dallas come during a nationwide wave of attacks against Asian Americans, which peaked during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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