Updated Aug 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Dallas Koreatown salon shooting suspect indicted for anti-Asian hate crime

Photo of two protesters, one holds a sign that says "Asian&Proud" and the other holds a sign that says "No excuse for racism"
A Stop Asian Hate rally in downtown Houston on March 20, 2021. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images

A Dallas grand jury has indicted a 37-year-old man for committing aggravated assault after he allegedly shot three Asian women in a Dallas Koreatown hair salon in what police have labeled a hate crime.

Driving the news: Jeremy Smith intentionally targeted the women "because of his bias or prejudice against Asian Americans," according to the Dallas County district attorney’s office.

Details: On May 11 at 2:20pm, Smith allegedly fired 13 shots from a .22-caliber rifle into the salon, injuring three women and posing as a threat to four others.

  • He is charged with seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Each carries a hate crime enhancement and is punishable by five years to life in prison.
  • Dallas Police chief Eddie García previously said Smith's "delusions" about Asians began after he was involved in a car crash with an Asian man two years ago.
  • Smith is detained at the Dallas County jail on a $700,000 bond.

Worth noting: Police continue to investigate two other drive-by shootings that targeted Asian-run businesses.

The big picture: Major U.S. cities set records in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021. Asian Americans are adjusting to a new long-term reality as the number of violent attacks and hate incidents continues to climb.

  • Americans continue to wrongly blame people of Asian descent for the coronavirus — 21% of U.S. adults now say Asian Americans are at least partly responsible for COVID, up from 11% in 2021, per a May poll.
  • Stop AAPI Hate's latest report found that self-reported anti-AAPI hate incidents were most likely to occur in public spaces and businesses.

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