Breaking News- Atlanta, Georgia: Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some very hot tea and it involves a shooting that happened in Atlanta.
Shootings within three Atlanta area massage parlors that unfolded within an hour on Tuesday left eight people dead, and authorities said a 21 year old man has been arrested. Atlanta police said they found four women who all appeared to be Asian dead inside two massage parlors across the street from each other. Sheriff’s officials in nearby Cherokee County said four people were killed and one more injured at an Asian massage parlor there, declining to provide the victims races and genders.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said Robert Aaron Long, a resident of the county, was taken into custody south of Atlanta in Crisp County. Atlanta police said that based on video evidence, Long is the likely suspect in the shootings at the other two massage parlors, although they are still working to confirm a connection. Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said investigators do not know yet whether the killings were racially motivated. Baker said at a news conference that authorities are working to determine a motive and that “nothing’s going to be ruled out.”
Baker said five victims were shot inside Young’s Asian Massage Parlor along Highway 92, about a half hour’s drive north of Atlanta. Less than an hour later, at about 5:47 p.m., officers responded to a “business robbery in progress” in northeast Atlanta at Gold Massage Spa, said Sgt. John Chafee of the Atlanta Police Department. They found three women dead inside, apparently from gunshot wounds, he said. Police were still on the scene when shots were reportedly fired from across the street at Aromatherapy Spa, according to Chafee. Officers found one woman inside that business who was also apparently fatally shot, he said.
Authorities posted photos of a dark-colored vehicle soon after the shootings, and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office said it heard at about 8 p.m. that a murder suspect was headed their way. State patrol troopers and Crisp County deputies made contact with a 2007 black Hyundai Tucson about a half-hour later on the highway, the sheriff’s office said. A state trooper performed a maneuver that caused the car to “spin out of control,” Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock said. Long was taken to jail “without incident,” Hancock said, and his office forwarded its information to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, which is working on the case. Chafee said police and Cherokee County officials were in contact, and Atlanta officers have been dispatched to other massage parlors in the area as a precaution.