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Eight people died in a series of nearly an hour shootings at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, and it was feared that the attack was another hate crime against Asian Americans

Police arrested a 21-year-old Georgia man and said the motive was not immediately known, although many of the victims were women of Asian descent

The attacks began Tuesday night when five people were shot dead at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, about 50 kilometers north of Atlanta, Jay Baker said two people died on the scene and three were rushed to hospital, where two died Baker

About an hour later, police responding to a robbery call found three women who had died of apparent gunshot wounds at the Gold Spa near Buckhead, Atlanta Tattoo parlors and strip clubs are just a few blocks from mansions and skyscrapers in one of the last uncentered holdings in that part of town where officials learned of a phone call reporting gunshots being made in another spa on top of the other Street side, the Aromatherapy Spa, were fired and found another woman who was apparently shot

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden had been briefed on the “terrible shootings” and administrative officials had contacted the mayor’s office and the FBI

The surveillance video recorded a man pulling up to the Acworth store about 10 minutes before the attack there, authorities said The same car was discovered outside of the Atlanta stores. A manhunt was started and Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock became taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, Baker said

Video evidence “suggests that it is very likely that our suspect is the same as the Cherokee County suspect who is in custody,” Atlanta police said in a statement About Long is little known and little known to authorities did not specify any fees

The South Korean State Department said in a statement Wednesday that its diplomats in Atlanta had confirmed to police that four of the victims were victims of Korean ancestry, the department said its consulate general in Atlanta was trying to confirm the nationality of the women. p>

US. State Secretary Antony Blinken, who is meeting with Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong in South Korea, mentioned the murders in an opening speech

“We are appalled by this violence, which has no place in America or anywhere else,” he said, noting that four of the women were of Korean descent

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The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus in the United States

“Our whole family prays for the victims of this terrible violence,” said Gov Brian Kemp said Tuesday night on Twitter

FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson said the agency is assisting Atlanta and Cherokee Counties with the investigation

Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said in a video posted on Facebook that his MPs and state forces were informed Tuesday night that a murder suspect was headed for their county from Northern Georgia, MPs and soldiers lined up along the highway up and “contacted the suspect,” he said

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A state trooper was performing a PIT or Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver “that caused the vehicle to spiral out of control,” said Hancock Long was then detained “without incident” and held in Crisp County Jail for authorities Cherokee County, who were expected to arrive soon to continue their investigation
As a result of the shooting, Atlanta police said they had dispatched officers to investigate similar stores nearby and increased patrols in the area

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