A hair stylist at Dream Girls salon in Elk Grove was greeted at work Tuesday morning by an unwelcoming letter police are now investigating as a hate crime.
The two-page letter – attached to the door of the salon – used discriminatory language and said the African-American-owned business was not welcome in the community.
Police are investigating a hate crime at the minority-owned Dream Girls salon in Elk Grove after this letter was left on the door pic.twitter.com/nnnDOUeMFE— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 14, 2017
Sharie Wilson, the owner of the salon, said she is the first African-American business owner in Old Town Elk Grove and that her business has been the target of several racially-charged attacks since she opened it in 2009.
"This is not the first incident. We've had feces thrown at my front door. We've had people call the salon telling us n****** get out," Wilson said. "It's a lot of things been happening over the years and I've been calling the officers, calling the police and nothing has happened."
Wilson says she has called the police after each incident but that the letter from Tuesday is the first time the police have decided to investigate a hate crime.
The Elk Grove police say they are currently searching for the suspect. They are looking for finger prints on the letter and searching for possible surveillance video.
Despite the attacks, several people in the neighborhood have come by to show their support for Dream Girls - giving letters, flowers, hugs pic.twitter.com/5O6l5zVO2K— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) September 14, 2017
Many people in the community have reached out to show their support of Wilson – coming by the salon Wednesday to deliver flowers, positive letters and big hugs.