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Dallas salon owner believes shooting a hate crime: ‘He didn’t even demand money. He just came in to shoot people’

A shooting at a Dallas hair salon that injured three women of Korean descent may be part of a string of shootings targeting Asian businesses, police said Friday.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said a similar vehicle was used in three recent shootings, including Wednesday’s attack at a hair salon described as Korean-owned.

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Police have not publicly identified a suspect.

The motive in the shootings is unknown, though Garcia indicated Friday case is now a hate crime investigation, just a day after he said “we can confidently say that hate was not a motivating factor.”

The chief said that when he made that comment, the facts hadn’t yet led to a possible link between the shootings.

“Often times it does take this long,” he said. “I’m very fortunate that our hard-working men and women did put it together so that we can clarify some things, in the abundance of caution, to give our communities a heads-up.”

If the root of the attacks turns out to be hate, Garcia said, “It has no place here.”

Detectives are working to see if there was a ballistics match for the three attacks. He announced the possible link at an afternoon news conference.

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