Texas shooting suspect charged with anti-Asian hate crimes – National

A man accused of shooting dead three Asian-American women at a hair salon was charged Tuesday on multiple counts including committing a hate crime.

The Dallas County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced charges against Jeremy Terrence Smith, 37, in the May 11 shooting at a saloon in Dallas’ Koreatown. It alleges that Smith entered the saloon and fired 13 shots from a .22 caliber rifle, injuring three women and endangering four others.

“Smith allegedly deliberately selected the complainants because of his bias or prejudice against Asian Americans,” the statement said.

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According to a police affidavit, Smith’s girlfriend told police officers that he had been delusional about Asian Americans since he was involved in a car accident with an Asian man two years ago. She said he was admitted to multiple psychiatric facilities because of the delusions.

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Whenever Smith is around an Asian American, “he starts imagining that the Asian mob is after him or trying to harm him,” his girlfriend told police. She said he was fired for “verbally assaulting” his boss, who is of Asian descent.

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The indictment charges Smith with seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, each with an aggravation of hate crimes. Each charge carries a prison sentence of five to 99 years.

Smith remains in the Dallas County Jail with bail totaling $700,000. A message to his lawyer asking for comment was not immediately answered.

Anti-Asian violence has increased sharply in recent years. Last year, six women of Asian descent were among eight killed in a shooting at massage parlors in and near Atlanta, fueling anger and fear among Asian Americans.

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