Eight people have been found dead and several left fatally injured in a series of shootings that unfolded in span of one hour at three separate massage parlours in the Atlanta area. The police had responded to a business robbery call made at 6pm from a spa just few minutes before the shootings occurred. Upon arrival they found 3 women dead from gunshot wounds. The authorities have arrested a 21-year old man as a suspect, he has been taken into custody in connection to all the three incidents as per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The 21-year old is a white man named Robert Aaron Long, he was arrested at 8:30 pm local time by the Cherokee County after following a chase that led them to him into Crisp County- three hours away from where the first shooting incident took place as stated by the police in a brief press conference. Background searches in to Long’s records don’t show any criminal history. Further investigation is on as the press awaits the update on the shootings.
The officials are trying to identify the victims, four of the victims have been identified as being from Korean ethnicity. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry is providing full support to identify the nationality of those who have been killed. Motive behind the shootings has not yet been established. The Atlanta investigators are yet to confirm any racial motive behind the series of shooting occurred in all the three spas. This has raised alarms in the advocacy groups who have drawn attention to attacks on Asian descent.
“Nothing is going to be ruled out, The FBI is working on the case with the authorities”- state the Officials handling the case. While the investigation is being carried out, the fear is lingering on the local Atlanta community which suspects violent attacks and racial targeting. Following incident and reports on the shootings in Atlanta, the New York Police department is uplifting law enforcements in American Asian Communities. Further reports will be updated as the case develops.