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8 shot dead at three day spas in US state of Georgia, suspect arrested

  • Published at 08:59 am March 17th, 2021
Cherokee attacks
Police vehicles are seen in this image provided on the Twitter account of Cherokee Sheriff's Office, posted with an accompanying caption advising people to avoid Bells Ferry Road and Highway 92 during an investigation into a shooting in the area, in Georgia, US March 16, 2021 Reuters

Law enforcement officials did not offer a motive for the shooting rampage and said they did not immediately know if the Asian women were targeted

Eight people, including at least six Asian women, were shot dead at three day spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area on Tuesday, police said, and man suspected of carrying out all of the attacks has been taken into custody.

Four victims were killed and another was wounded in a shooting on Tuesday afternoon at Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta, said Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department.

In Atlanta, police officers responding to a call of a “robbery in progress” shortly before 6 pm local time arrived at a beauty spa to find three women shot dead, Police Chief Rodney Bryant told reporters.

While investigating the initial shooting report the officers were called from a second spa across the street where a further victim was found dead of a gunshot wound, Bryant said.

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Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock was taken into custody at about 8:30 pm eastern time on Tuesday in Crisp County, Georgia, about 150 miles (240 km) south of Atlanta.

Baker said investigators from both jurisdictions were “very confident” that the same suspect was the gunman in all three shootings.

Law enforcement officials did not offer a motive for the shooting rampage and said they did not immediately know if the Asian women were targeted. Also killed in the Cherokee attacks were a white woman and a white man.

A spokesman for the Atlanta field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the agency was assisting police in Cherokee County and Atlanta.

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