The Dallas saloon shooting may be linked to broader attacks on Asian businesses

No one was arrested in any of the cases.

The community in which the salon shooting took place is known as the Asian Trade District and is located within the city’s Koreatown area. It is home to a growing number of Asian Americans, and signs for Korean hair salons and Korean barbecue shops can be seen along busy Royal Lane.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up nearly 4 percent of the population in Dallas, or 48,278 people, according to the United States Census.

The Dallas Police Department has long had a unit made up of officers who speak languages ​​including Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog, as part of an effort to address crime concerns in Asian neighborhoods. Despite these efforts, police officials said many crimes against Asian Americans still go unreported.

On Friday, President Garcia said the administration would increase patrols in the city’s Asian neighborhoods. “Hate has no place here,” he said.

Across the country, there was an alarming wave of crimes targeting Asian Americans at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 279 “bias incidents” in 2020, up from 158 in 2019, according to the Data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

organization that Collects data on bias crimes against Asian AmericansStop AAPI Hate said it received 10,905 reports of hate attacks from March 2020 through the end of last year. According to the organization, verbal harassment made up the bulk of the reported attacks, followed by physical assaults.

Elected officials around Dallas said they are committed to supporting the city’s Asian community.

“The Southeast Asian and North Texas community is growing and has great cultural and political significance, and I’m really saddened by anything that might make them feel like an oppressed demographic here,” said Senator Nathan Johnson, a Democrat who represents the government. space.

The fact that the hair salon was a target inspired the initial comparisons with the dignitaries The Atlanta area murders Last year, when a gunman launched a rampage at three spas and killed eight people, most of them women of Asian descent. The suspect, then 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, later told police that he had been to similar massage parlors because he had a “sex addiction” and that he carried out the shooting to eliminate his “temptation”.