MASSAGE PARLOR MASSACRE LEAVES 8 DEAD IN ATLANTA

Police have a suspect in custody for the murder of eight people on Tuesday night in massacres at three massage parlors comprised of mostly Asian women in the Atlanta area, authorities reported.

The accused shooter, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Ga., was apprehended on Tuesday night nearly 150 miles south of Atlanta.

Investigators say that Long fired a weapon on five people just before 5 p.m. in Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County, Ga., according to officials. Four of the individuals in that shooting succumbed to their wounds and died, the sheriff’s office reported.

Two Asian women were slain, as well as a white woman and a white man, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The fifth victim is said to be a Hispanic man who was wounded and rushed to the hospital. Investigators have not offered an update on his condition as of Tuesday night.

Video circulating on social media indicated a large police presence outside of the establishment, with police vehicles blocking traffic to a main highway.

Almost an hour later, four additional people were shot dead at two spas on Piedmont Road in ­Atlanta, according to city police.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker confirmed that Long is also a plausible suspect in the Atlanta shootings.

“It does appear it’s the same suspect,” Baker said to the Journal-Constitution, noting that surveillance footage allegedly links Long to the three attacks.

An Atlanta police spokesperson also said to the outlet that investigators are questioning Long as the suspect in the Piedmont Road shootings.

“It is extremely likely our suspect is the same as Cherokee County’s,” Sgt. John Chafee remarked.

At Gold Spa, investigators discovered the bodies of three women gunned down inside the business before being alerted to a shooting across the street at Aroma­therapy Spa, where one more woman was found dead.

The four victims of the shooting in Atlanta were described as Asian women, Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant indicated in a press conference after the brutal killings.

Long was taken into custody after police located his car in Crisp County, reports say.

The suspect was arrested without any resistance, according to WSB-TV.

When questioned about whether the attacks have anything to do with widely reported anti-Asian crimes supposedly happening across the country, Bryant said the case is still under investigation and it was too early for comments on a possible motive.

“We’re in the very early stages of this so we can’t make that determination just yet,” Bryant affirmed.

It was reported that there have been over 2,800 ­incidents of supposedly anti-Asian crimes across the nation in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to analysis published last month by the Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate national coalition.

For reasons allegedly related to the pandemic, police in major cities around the country have reported an uptick in Asian-targeted crimes between 2019 and 2020.

Last week, President Biden addressed the reported “hate crimes” against Asian-Americans in his first prime-time address.

“Too often we’ve turned against one another,” Biden said, as he condemned the “vicious hate crimes against Asian Americans, who’ve been attacked, harassed, blamed and scapegoated.”

“At this very moment, so many of them, our fellow Americans, they’re on the front lines of this pandemic trying to save lives,” Biden added. 

“And still, they’re forced to live in fear for their lives just walking down streets in America.”

Late on Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp posted a tweet reading: “Our entire family is praying for the victims of these horrific acts of violence.”

The names of the victims have yet to be released.

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