Georgia shootings: Eight people killed in attacks on spas in Atlanta

Katie Ramirez
March 17, 2021

Eight people were found dead Tuesday following a bloody shooting spree that police said appeared to target Asian women at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.

Three people were found dead at the Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta, Police Chief Rodney Bryant said.

With two shootings at massage parlors in Atlanta and the knowledge of the Acworth shooting, Atlanta police said they dispatched officers to check nearby similar businesses and increased patrols in the area.

The four victims were female and appear to be Asian, Bryant said, adding it was too early to say what their connection was to the spas.

Baker said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, was taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Atlanta.

Surveillance footage from the scene of the Cherokee County shooting and wanted man Robert Aaron Long.

One person was also wounded, Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesperson Howard J. Baker said.

A second shooting was reported about 45 minutes later and 30 miles away at another business.

Seven killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors

Police say the spa shootings occurred in northeast of the city in the suburb of Woodland Hills at two locations directly across the street from one another.

Two of the victims were dead and three were taken to a hospital where two of them also died, Captain Baker said.

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said in a video posted on Facebook that his deputies and state troopers were notified around 8 p.m. that a murder suspect out of north Georgia was headed toward their county.

The photo released by the sheriff's office of a person of interest in massage parlor shootings in Cherokee County, Ga.

The NYPD's Critical Response Command has been deployed to Asian communities throughout New York City, the department told Fox News in a statement.

After the slayings, U.S. Sen. "My heart is broken tonight after the tragic violence in Atlanta that took eight lives".

Neither Cherokee County nor Atlanta investigators described a motive for any of the shootings.

"This is not very common for us", he said.

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