Update 5/18/2022 at 8:35 a.m.
The Dallas Police Department has charged Jeremy Smith with four additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, for a total of seven charges. These charges stem from the four other people inside the salon that were not injured. The bond for these charges will be set by a magistrate.
All media inquiries should be directed to DPD media relations at 214-671-4065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 5/17/2022 at 2:35 p.m.
On May 17, 2022, Dallas Police arrested Jeremy Smith, 36, and charged him with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The charges stem from the May 11 shooting that injured three people at a hair salon located at 2216 Royal Lane.
The preliminary investigation determined that at about 2:20 pm, seven individuals were inside the Hair World Salon when Smith parked his minivan in a westbound lane of Royal Lane, crossed the street with a .22 caliber rifle, walked into the salon and started shooting.
The suspect shot approximately 13 times, injuring three people inside, then ran back to his car and sped off westbound on Royal Lane.
One victim was shot in her right forearm, one was shot in the foot, and another was shot in the lower back.
The four other people inside the salon were not injured in the shooting.
Surveillance video collected by detectives showed the suspect’s van had a few identifying factors, including a luggage rack, sticker on lower back windshield, along with faded paint and damage to back lift gate.
During the preliminary investigation, through witness information and the work of our analysts, we were able to identify the suspect vehicle – a red, 2004 Honda Odyssey, and identified the suspect, Jeremy Smith.
Our officers patrolled to the address where the vehicle was parked – and noted the vehicle matched the description seen in the surveillance footage.
Officers also were able to see the suspect, who matched the victim’s description and the description from the surveillance footage.
On May 16, Dallas Police took Smith into custody on active warrants and brought him to Police Headquarters for questioning.
A search warrant was executed on the van – and police seized a handgun, gun magazine and ammunition.
Smith was taken to the Dallas County Jail – where his bond was set by a magistrate.
This investigation is ongoing.
Dallas Police also continue to investigate the two additional shootings at Asian run businesses, one in April, another in May.
There was a connection between those shootings in that a maroon or red vehicle was driven by an unknown suspect.
At this time, there has been no arrest in those cases.
Update 5/17/2022 at 3:42 a.m.
Dallas Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the shooting on Royal Lane on May 11, 2022. The suspect is being interviewed and processed. Chief Garcia will release further information on the arrest later Tuesday.
Update 5/13/2022 at 7:25 p.m. –
On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Dallas Police responded to a shooting in the 2200 block of Royal Lane. At that time in the investigation, Dallas Police had no indication the crime was hate motivated. As the investigation into the shooting continued, and during a consistent review of offense reports made by our Crime Analysis Unit, our team concluded three recent shootings at Asian run businesses may be connected, with the driver in each driving a similar vehicle.
On April 2, 2022, at about 11:13 a.m., a vehicle fired shots as it drove past a strip mall of Asian run businesses located at 2208 Royal Lane. Witnesses reported the driver was in a red minivan.
A month later, on May 10, 2022, a suspect in a burgundy van or car drove by and shot into an Asian run business near 4849 Sunnyvale Street. Three people were in the back part of the building and were not injured.
The next day, on May 11, 2022, at 2216 Royal Lane, a suspect entered the business and shot three victims. A witness described the suspect running from that business to a red older style minivan and sped away westbound on Royal Lane.
Dallas Police have reached out to our partners to make them aware of this possible connection and to ask for their assistance, this includes the FBI and member agencies of the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Also, we are working with our North Texas police partners to determine if this criminal action has or is taking place in their jurisdictions.
Through our Community Engagement, we have, or are in the process of notifying our Asian community and business leaders and we have also reached out to the Anti-Defamation League, the Mayor, the Mayor’s Hate Crime Advisory Council, and scheduled a Korean/American Safety Town Hall meeting next week.
To safeguard our community, we will be utilizing camera trailers in certain areas, and every patrol stations have been advised to increase high visibility patrols in the areas of our Asian community.
Most importantly, we are turning to every resident of Dallas to keep an eye out and help safeguard our city, and to assist us in identifying any possible suspects.
If you see something – say something.
On May 11, 2022, at approximately 2:20 p.m., Dallas police responded to the shooting at the Hair World Salon located at 2216 Royal Lane. Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that an unknown Black male dressed in all black walked into the business and began shooting. Three female victims were shot and transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect is described as a Black male approximately 5’7” to 5’10”, thin build with curly medium length hair and a connecting beard. He left the scene in an unknown maroon minivan. Anyone with information regarding this offense is encouraged to contact Detective Timothy Johnston, #8977, at 214-671-3523 or email@example.com. Please reference case #083494-2022.
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5000.00 for information called into Crime Stoppers which leads to the arrest and indictment for this or other felony crimes. If you have information about this offense and wish to remain anonymous, please call 214-373-TIPS, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.