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Salon shooting suspect charged with anti-Asian hate crime

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DALLAS (AP) — A man charged with shooting dead three Asian-American women in a hair salon was indicted Tuesday on multiple counts, including hate crimes.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that it has indicted Jeremy Terrence Smith, 37, in his May 11 shooting at a saloon in Dallas' Koreatown. Smith entered the saloon and from a .22 caliber rifle he fired 13 shots, claiming three women were wounded and four endangered.

According to the statement, "Smith is said to have deliberately selected petitioner because of prejudice or prejudice against Asian Americans."

23} According to a police affidavit, Smith's girlfriend told police detectives she had fantasies about Asian-Americans since she was involved in a car accident with an Asian man two years ago. She said he was admitted to several mental health facilities because of delusions.

Whenever Smith was around Asian Americans, He begins to have delusions that the mob is targeting him or trying to harm him," his girlfriend told police. She "verbally attacked" her Asian boss.

The indictment charges Smith with seven counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, each with an enhanced hate crime. Each count carries him from five years to 99 years in prison.

Smith remains in Dallas County Jail with a total bond of $700,000. A message to his attorney for comment was not immediately returned.