The grieving Asian community of Atlanta. Three shootings in massage parlors in the Georgian metropolis and its suburbs left at least eight dead on Tuesday afternoon. After a manhunt lasting several hours, police arrested a 21-year-old suspect. If his motivations were not known, Tuesday evening, the authorities confirmed that the majority of the victims seem to be of Asian origin. A tragedy that comes as attacks against the Asian community since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic have increased by 150% in major American metropolises.
The first shooting took place at 5 p.m. in Young’s Asian massage parlor, north of Atlanta, and left four people dead and two injured. According to local NBC channel 11Alive, two of the victims are Asian women. Police said the suspect then drove 50 km and then opened fire at two lounges located next to each other, Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa, killing four. Rodney Bryant, the acting Atlanta police chief, said the four victims were likely Asian.
Eight people were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. Officials said most of the victims were Asian. It was not clear if the shootings were connected. Follow the developing story here: https://t.co/v2j7vjo3fo pic.twitter.com/13wL4FAUL4
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Police then released CCTV footage showing the suspect boarding a gray Hyundai. At around 9 p.m. he was arrested 200 km south of Crisp County. Police identified him as Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old Georgian.