Eight People Fatally Shot At Three Atlanta Spas

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (March 16, 2021)—late tonight a 21 year old male walked into two Atlanta spas and shot eight people, including at least six Asian women, dead in the Atlanta, Georgia area on Tuesday, police said.  The male suspect fled to a neighboring county and was later taken into custody without incident.

Four victims were shot dead at two different spas locations in Atlanta, and four were shot fatally at a Cherokee County spa.  Three victims were transported to a local hospital where two of them died, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Capt. Jay Baker told reporters.

In Atlanta, police officers responding to a call of a “robbery in progress” shortly before 6 p.m. local time arrived at a beauty spa to find three women shot dead, Police Chief Rodney Bryant told reporters.

Bryant confirmed that three people were killed at the Gold Spa. The fourth person was killed across the street at the Aromatherapy Spa in the 1900 block of Piedmont Road, WSB reported.

“I’ve had conversations with Cherokee County,” Bryant said at the news conference. “It is too early for us to make that connection (with the shooting s in Acworth).”

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies  Robert Aaron Long, 21 of Woodstock is the only suspect.

According to reports, six Asian women were among the victims. Also killed during the rampage shooting was one White female and male. Motive unknown at this time.

Update: March 17, 2021 12:05 PM EST

A man suspected of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area spas was headed to Florida “perhaps to carry out additional shootings” when he was arrested Tuesday night, Atlanta’s mayor said Wednesday, citing investigators.

“This could have been significantly worse,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a news conference at Atlanta police headquarters.
And preliminary information indicates that the killings — of six Asian people and two White people — may not have been a hate crime, but instead may have something to do with the suspect’s claim of a potential sex addiction, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said at the joint news conference.
Still, it was too early to know a motive, Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said. “There’s still a lot more work to be done. … We’re just not there as of yet,” Bryant said.

Source: Bee News Daily, CNN  and Reuters contributed to the article.

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