The Dallas Police Department Tuesday held a press conference where Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia announced the arrest of Jeremy Theron Smith for a shooting at a Koreatown hair salon last Wednesday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) also Tuesday launched a federal hate crime investigation into the shooting.
Smith was arrested by Dallas police Tuesday on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Smith walked into Hair World Salon with a .22 caliber rifle and started shooting, injuring three of the seven individuals inside. Smith fired a total of thirteen shots before fleeing the scene by vehicle.
Motivation for the shooting is suspected to stem from racial hate. Detectives learned that two years ago Smith was in a motor vehicle accident with an Asian male. Since then, Smith experiences panic attacks and delusions around anyone of Asian descent.
The investigation is ongoing and Dallas police suspect this Koreatown shooting is connected with two other recent shootings that occurred at other Asian-run businesses. The connection Dallas police found is “a maroon or red vehicle was driven by the unknown suspect.” Smith used the same color of the vehicle to flee the scene of the Koreatown shooting. However, Dallas police have yet to make an arrest in connection with the other two shootings.
Federal investigators with the FBI also Tuesday opened a federal hate crime investigation into the Koreatown shooting. The investigation is a collaborative effort between the FBI, Texas federal prosecutors and the US Department of Justice’s civil rights division.
Smith is currently being held in the Dallas County jail on a total $300,000 bond ($100,000 per charge). Police Chief Garcia concluded by stating: “[H]ate has no place in our city [of Dallas] and this department, the men and women of the Dallas Police Department, care, deeply care, about the people we serve.”