Shootings at Massage Parlors in Georgia Kill at Least Eight People

Shootings at three massage parlors in Georgia on the evening of March 16 have killed at least eight people, with most of the victims described by police as women of Asian descent.

The three separate shootings took place shortly after one another, starting around 5 p.m. at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor near Acworth, about 50 kilometers north of Atlanta, in Cherokee county where four people died and one Hispanic man was injured.

At 5:47 p.m., Atlanta police officers, who responded to a reported robbery, found three women dead from gunshot wounds at Gold Spa in the northeastern part of Atlanta. Then, they received a report of another shooting at the Aromatherapy Spa across the street, where they found a woman shot to death.

Police said that seven of the victims were women, six were Asian, and two were white.

After an hours-long manhunt, a man identified as 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock was taken into custody in Crisp County as a suspect for all three shootings, authorities said.

According to the authorities, surveillance video showed Long’s vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson, in the area of the spas around the time of the attacks.

The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans in the United States.

No motive has been made clear, but the counter terrorism bureau of the New York Police Department said it “will be deploying assets to our great Asian communities across the city out of an abundance of caution.”

“Few details have been released, including whether or not the shootings were related or motivated by hate. But right now there is a great deal of fear and pain in the Asian American community that must be addressed,” anti-hate coalition Stop AAPI Hate said in a tweet.

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