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Eight people were killed in a shooting at a massage parlor in Georgia; the gunman has been apprehended.

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Eight people were killed in a shooting at a massage parlor in Georgia; the gunman has been apprehended.
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Eight people were killed in a shooting at a massage parlor in Georgia; the gunman has been apprehended.

Eight people were killed in a shooting at a massage parlor in Georgia; the gunman has been apprehended.

 

Authorities said Tuesday that eight people were killed in shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs, the majority of whom were Asian women. After a manhunt, a 21-year-old man was apprehended in southwest Georgia hours later.

Three people were killed at a spa in northeast Atlanta, according to Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant, and a fourth person was killed across the street at another spa. He mentioned that all four victims were female and that they appeared to be Asian.

Around 5:50 p.m., Atlanta police officers responded to a report of a robbery in progress at a spa and discovered three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds, according to police. While they were there, they received a call documenting shots fired at a spa across the street, where they discovered a woman who appeared to have been shot dead inside.

Five people were fired at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, around 30 miles north of Atlanta, about 5 p.m., according to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker. Two of the victims died at the scene, while the other three were taken to a hospital, where two of them died as well, according to Baker.

Baker said authorities were not immediately disclosing the victims’ gender or ethnicity.

Surveillance video showed a man involved in the Acworth shooting driving up to the business around 4:50 p.m. Authorities said it was just minutes before the shooting on Tuesday. Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, was apprehended in Crisp County, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Atlanta, according to Baker.

Long, according to Baker, is also a suspect in the Atlanta shootings.

Atlanta police said they deployed officers to search nearby similar businesses and increased patrols in the area after two shootings at massage parlors in Atlanta and awareness of the Acworth shooting.

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