At least eight people were killed on Tuesday in shootings at three Georgia massage parlors, according to emerging reports.
WSB-TV reported that authorities caught suspect Robert Aaron Long, 21, in Crisp County, which is located roughly 200 miles from where the shootings transpired.
The Associated Press reported that many of the victims are Asian women.
Here are photos of suspected shooter leaving massage parlor on Hwy 92 near Bells Ferry in Cherokee Co. Five shot, three of them have died as of 7pm ET. Call Cherokee Co. Sheriff’s Office 678-493-4200 if you can help detectives. @11AliveNews pic.twitter.com/E5OFLwVX1O
— Jon Shirek (@JonShirek) March 16, 2021
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the first shooting occurred at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Ackworth. Two people died at the scene while two more were pronounced dead at the hospital. At least one more shooting victim remains hospitalized.
Less than an hour after the initial shooting, four more people were killed in two shootings at Aromatherapy Spa and Gold Spa — which are both massage parlors located in Atlanta on Piedmont Road.
“As we responded to the call, we were able to come upon the scene where individuals were shot at that location,” Atlanta Police Interim Chief Rodney Bryant said, according to WXIA. “While at that location, we received another call across the street that had shots fired, responded to that and found another person shot at that location.”
WXIA reported that a police officer used a PIT maneuver to stop and apprehend Long.
Police have not determined a motive, but they said they do not believe robbery was involved as nothing was taken from the massage parlors. They said it is too early to tell whether the three shootings are connected.
This is a developing story. Check with CrimeOnline as updates are made available.
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[Featured image: Robert Long/Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office; Surveillance footage]