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Horrible Mass Shooting in Atlanta Spa Leaves at Least 8 Killed

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A 21-year-old man has been arrested by surveillance video in southwest Georgia, hours after eight people were killed in a mass shooting in Atlanta spa at three different massage parlors.

Many people were shot and killed in Atlanta-area
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Shootings at massage parlors in Atlanta, Georgia, and one in the suburbs have left eight people dead, most of them Asian origin women, authorities said.

Jay Baker, Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt, said Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, was taken into custody in Crisp County on Tuesday, March 16, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

Atlanta Police Chief said three people were killed at a spa in northeast Atlanta, and the fourth person was killed at another spa across the street. Rodney Bryant said all the victims were female and added that “It appears that they may be Asian.”

Police said Atlanta police officers were responded to a call of a robbery in progress at one spa at about 6 p.m. found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

While the officers were at that scene, they received a call reporting shots at another spa across the street and could find a woman who appeared to have been shot to death inside the business.


Many Killed in Atlanta Spa Shooting

Cherokee County’s authorities said three people were killed earlier in the afternoon, and they revealed that two others were injured at a massage parlor there.

Authorities were searching for a suspect seen driving a dark-colored SUV late Tuesday. The sheriff’s office posted surveillance pictures on its Facebook page, in which a man could be seen near a vehicle and asked people to share the images, and anyone who knows him or the vehicle is urged to call 911.

Eight people were shot and killed in Atlanta-area shooting
Image source: Cherokee County Facebook page

The shooting temporarily shut down traffic near the Cherokee County business located in the 6400 block of Highway 92, about 50 kilometers northwest of Atlanta.

Atlanta police said they have been in touch with authorities in Cherokee County. They said it was too early to announce the shootings were linked, but it seems more likely that possibility.

Atlanta police said they dispatched an officer to check nearby similar businesses and increased patrols in the area after massage parlors’ shootings in Atlanta and the knowledge of the Cherokee County shootings.

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