“Our entire family is hoping for the victims of these dreadful acts of violence,” Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday night on Twitter.
The attacks started around 5 p.m., when 5 individuals were contended Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in a strip mall near a rural area in Acworth, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Atlanta, Cherokee County Sheriffs Office spokesperson Capt. Jay Baker said. Two people died at the scene and 3 were carried to a medical facility where 2 of them also passed away, Baker said.
Due to the shootings, Atlanta police said they dispatched officers to examine neighboring similar companies and increased patrols in the area.
Baker stated they think Long is also the suspect in the Atlanta shootings.
The killings came amidst a recent wave of attacks versus Asian Americans that accompanied the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.
A state cannon fodder carried out a PIT, or pursuit intervention strategy, maneuver, “which caused the lorry to draw out of control,” Hancock stated. Long was then taken into custody “without incident” and was being kept in the Crisp County prison for Cherokee County authorities who were expected to get here quickly to continue their investigation.
No one was apprehended at the scene.
“It appears that they might be Asian,” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant stated.
Around 5:50 p.m., police in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, reacting to a call of a burglary in progress, discovered 3 women dead from evident gunshot wounds at Gold Spa. While they were at that scene, they learned of a call reporting shots fired at another health spa across the street, Aromatherapy Spa, and discovered a female who appeared to have actually been shot dead inside the organization.
Authorities said video footage revealed the suspects vehicle in the location of the Atlanta medical spas about the time of those attacks also. That, as well as other video proof, “suggests it is exceptionally likely our suspect is the very same as Cherokee Countys, who remains in custody,” Atlanta police stated in a statement. Atlanta and Cherokee County authorities were working to validate the cases relate.
Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock stated in a video posted on Facebook that his deputies and state troopers were informed around 8 p.m. that a murder believe out of north Georgia was headed towards their county. Deputies and cannon fodders established along the interstate and “reached the suspect,” who was driving a 2007 black Hyundai Tucson, around 8:30 p.m., he said.
ATLANTA– Shootings at 2 massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the residential areas Tuesday evening left 8 people dead, much of them ladies of Asian descent, authorities stated. A 21-year-old male suspected in the shootings was collared in southwest Georgia hours later on after a manhunt, cops said.
FBI spokesperson Kevin Rowson stated the company was helping Atlanta and Cherokee County authorities in the investigation.
A man presumed in the Acworth shooting was caught by security video bring up to the business around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, minutes before the attack, authorities said. Baker said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, was collared in Crisp County, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Atlanta.