Eight people were killed in three shootings at a massage parlor in the Atlanta area Tuesday night, and police arrested a 21-year-old man suspected of being the sole shooter.
Atlanta police responded to an ongoing robbery call shortly before 6 p.m. On Tuesday, Atlanta Police Department John Chafy said and found three women dead at Gold Spa. While on the scene, police received a call for gunfire at another massage parlor across the street, where they found another woman murdered.
Capt.Jay Baker, a spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said that about an hour ago, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, five people were shot dead in another massage parlor. Two of the victims were dead at the scene. According to Baker, three were taken to hospital, two of whom died.
Evidence in the video suggests that the suspects are likely the same in each attack, Chafy said in an emailed statement to USA Today.
Many asked if these shootings were related to the Cherokee County shootings, Chafy said. Video footage from our Video Integration Center finds the Cerokee County suspect’s car in the area around the time of our Piedmont Road shooting. It suggests that our suspect, along with the video evidence that investigators saw, is likely the same as the suspect in Cerokee County, who is in custody.
This is what we know:
Where did the shooting take place
Two of the shootings occurred at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa, off Atlanta, following shootings in the suburbs.
The first incident occurred at Young’s Asian massage parlor on the Strip Mall on Highway 92 near rural Acworth, about 30 miles north of Atlanta.
Who is the suspect
According to Baker, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, was arrested Tuesday night in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.
A sheriff’s spokesperson told USA Today that Crisp County lawmakers were informed that Long was moving south in a black pickup around 8 p.m.
Discovered by Georgia Patrol Agents and Crisp County Agents. He was arrested and transferred to a county detention center.
Who were the victims
The victims of the Acworth shooting were two Asian women, a white woman and a white man, Baker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The fifth victim was a Hispanic man who was injured and taken to the hospital.
Police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the four victims of the Atlanta shooting were like Asian women. Police have not released the identities of the victims.
The reports of multiple shootings of Asian-American women in Atlanta today are for the families of the victims and, first and foremost, for the Asian-American community that is recovering from high-level racist attacks in the past. It is an indescribable tragedy. That same year, he said in a statement: Stop the hatred of the AAPI, which tracks cases of discrimination and exclusion of foreigners against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
This latest attack only exacerbates the fear and pain that the Asian-American community continues to suffer.
Which is the reason
Police are investigating and are not speculating on the suspect’s motives.