Seven killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office in Georgia shows a person of interest in a massage parlor shooting. Several people were killed and others injured at a massage parlor in Cherokee County Tuesday

"At least three people were killed and two were wounded after a shooting Tuesday at a massage parlor in an Atlanta suburb, and four people were killed at two other spas in Atlanta, authorities said", reported Jamiel Lynch.

Four people were killed in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta, around 5 p.m., and four women died in two shootings in Atlanta less than an hour later, authorities said.

Officials discovered three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds, and while on scene, recieved a call of shots fired across the street, where a woman was found dead inside that business, Atlanta police said.

Eight people were killed in shootings across three Atlanta-area massage parlors on Tuesday.

Police told CNN told that all four victims in Atlanta appeared to be Asian.

Long was taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, around 8:30 p.m. after a vehicle chase, WSB-TV reported.

"Video footage from our Video Integration Center places the Cherokee County suspect's vehicle in the area, around the time of our Piedmont Road shootings", the Atlanta Police Department said in a news release.

Detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office are coordinating with the Atlanta Police Department in the investigation.

A second shooting was reported about 45 minutes later and 30 miles away at another business. Police found one woman dead there.

An official stands in front of a massage parlor after a shooting, late Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. Very soon after, they found 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long from Woodstock, Georgia, and arrested him through the use of a pit maneuver.

This photo provided by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, in Georgia, shows a person of interest in the massage parlour shootings. Police have also said they are not ruling out a hate crime.

Authorities in Atlanta's Zone 2 said they were increasing patrols around similar businesses.

It said it was too early to confirm whether the shooting in Atlanta and Cherokee County were linked but that they were "looking into that possibility".



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