At least eight people have died, four of them of Asian descent, after shootings at three massage parlors near Atlanta, police said on Tuesday.
What happened: Three people were fatally shot at one spa in northeast Atlanta, and a fourth person was killed at a different spa across the street, according to Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant.
UPDATE: Atlanta police tell us a total of four Asian women were shot and killed. 3 at Gold Spa, one at Aromatherapy spa. Looking into whether or not this is tied to a similar incident in Cherokee county @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/CxzvNpPM6Q
— Janice Yu (@JaniceYuNews) March 16, 2021
Bryant said all four victims were women, and “It appears that they may be Asian,” according to AP.
Police responded to a robbery in progress at the Gold Massage Spa at around 5:50 p.m., where three women were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
They found a woman who appeared to have been fatally shot inside the Aroma Therapy Spa across the street following reports of shots fired.
Five people were shot earlier at around 5 p.m. at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said.
Two victims died and three were rushed to a local hospital where two also died, according to police.
The suspect: The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect as Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock.
Long was taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, around 8:30 p.m. after a car chase, WSB-TV reported.
Surveillance footage shows a man suspected in the Acworth shooting pulling up to the business at 4:50 p.m. on Tuesday.
Officials in each jurisdiction said there were no immediate indications of motive and it’s unclear whether the shootings were related, CNN reported.
Feature Image via Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
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