Tuesday, October 26

Here’s what we know about the metro Atlanta spa shootings that left 8 dead


(CNN) — At least eight people were found dead in three different spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday.

Police say video evidence has led them to believe that the same suspect, Robert Aaron Long, is responsible for all three shootings.

This is what we know so far

Where did the shootings take place?

Four deaths were linked to the place called Young’s Asian Massage near Acworth, Georgia, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and two others died at the hospital. One person was also injured, Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Howard J. Baker said.

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Authorities had responded to the scene to receive reports of a shooting.

About an hour later, three people were found dead at the Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta, Police Chief Rodney Bryant said.

One person was also found dead at the Aroma Therapy Spa, directly across the street.

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What is known of the victims?

Six of the eight killed were Asian women, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, citing authorities.

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The names of the victims were not immediately released, as officials are notifying the closest relatives.

Four of the dead were ethnic Koreans, according to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, which said it was in contact with its consulate in Atlanta.

The Foreign Ministry said it was working to confirm the nationality of the victims and would provide the necessary support.

Is there a suspect?

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The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office identified Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia as a suspect.

Long was taken into custody in Crisp County, Georgia, around 8:30 p.m. ET. The county is about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Department said it believes Long is responsible for all three attacks, based on video evidence.

“Video footage from our Video Integration Center locates the Cherokee County suspect’s vehicle in the area around the time of the Piedmont Road shootings,” the department said in a statement. “That, coupled with the video evidence seen by investigators, suggests that our suspect is most likely the same as the one from Cherokee County, who is in custody. Because of this, an investigator is in Cherokee County and we are working closely with them to confirm with certainty that our cases are related.

Neither Cherokee County nor Atlanta investigators described the motive for either shooting.

There is also no confirmation that the shooting was racially motivated.


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