The employee, who did not want to call her publicly and hid her face, said she felt better and more cheerful after a few shots.
DALAS, Texas. On Monday night, wrapped in a bandage and cast, a member of the Hair World Salon addressed generations of Americans of Asian descent in Dallas after she was shot several times last week in her business.
Through a police interpreter, the employee said she felt better at a meeting on public safety held at the Korean Cultural Center.
The Dallas Police Department received Chief Eddie Garcia, council member Omar Narvaes, members of the Korean Consulate and dozens of other civilian representatives of the Dallas Korean Quarter.
Dallas police are working with the FBI to detain a suspect who entered the salon and shot three women. One of the victims was the owner.
On April 2, a shooting took place in the same shopping area of Koreatown. Another Asian business was filmed in Oak Cliff last Tuesday.
Last week, Chief Garcia announced that all attacks could be linked, and the department is now investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime.
The FBI Field Office in Dallas said in a statement Monday night that it has launched a federal investigation into hate crimes about shooting in the cabin.
However, no one has been arrested yet. Police say a red minivan was used in at least two shootings.
An employee of the salon told the crowd that she had been shot three times, and thanked everyone in the Korean community for attending the meeting.
She also hid her face and did not want to give her name.
Along with her was the owner of the salon, who did not speak publicly, but was also shot.
“She feels very energetic and she feels really positive that this meeting is happening,” said a police interpreter. “Right now she said she’s dealing with trauma and grief. But she’s happy that we’re all here and that the community is supportive. She’s also asking for prayer, she’s not asking for generosity, but she needs help. Her business is closed and not was able to open, and she needs support. ”
Garcia and Narvaez answered tough questions during the meeting and assured everyone that the agency is doing everything possible to detain the suspect.
Now mobile cameras have been placed in the shooting area and around Koreatown. Garcia also added to the patrol.
“Hate is not the place in this city,” Garcia said. “I can’t wait to stand before you and announce that we are under arrest.”
Caroline Kim, whose family owns the Korea House restaurant, told WFAA that her mother has owned the restaurant for more than 30 years and it is one of the oldest Korean restaurants.
The restaurant is a few blocks from the scene of the shooting.
“It’s certainly scary for all of us,” Kim said. “We are all very careful now.”
Kim told Garcia that he was more proactive and less reactive.
For her, it’s a few things.
“We want to feel safe and we want our families to feel safer.”