American News Mar 17, 2021 2:24 AM EST

One suspect in custody after 8 people killed in shootings at 3 Atlanta area spas

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said all four victims of the Piedmont Road shootings were female and "It appears that they may be Asian."

One suspect in custody after 8 people killed in shootings at 3 Atlanta area spas
Ari Hoffman Seattle, WA
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Eight people have been killed in shootings at three Atlanta area spas Tuesday. A 21-year-old man has been taken into custody hours after the shootings at the massage parlors.

The shooting which occurred at Young's Asian Massage in Cherokee County left three people dead. Two were wounded and taken to the hospital where one died, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff's office.

According to Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant, at Gold Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta later in the day around 5:50 PM, while responding to a call for a robbery officers discovered three people who were shot and killed. While officers were responding to the scene at Gold Spa, they were alerted to another shooting across the street at Aromatherapy Spa, where they discovered another person who had been shot and killed. Bryant added that all four victims of the Piedmont Road shootings were female and "It appears that they may be Asian."

Update: According to Reuters, six of them women were of Asian descent.

According to a local NBC affiliate, "the suspect was captured by surveillance video pulling up to the business around 4:50 PM. Tuesday, minutes before the shooting."

Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said Robert Aaron Long (21) of Woodstock, Georgia, was captured as a suspect in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta Tuesday night and that it is not yet clear if the three shootings are connected, but that they have been in touch with Atlanta police and were looking into that possibility. Authorities have not yet identified potential motives.

Authorities said that they dispatched officers to check similar businesses nearby and increased patrols in the area. According to a local CBS affiliate, the FBI is assisting in the investigation.

This is a developing story.

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