Eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, were shot dead in a string of attacks at day spas in and around Atlanta, and a man suspected of carrying out the shootings was arrested in southern Georgia, police said. Although authorities declined to offer a motive for the violence, the attacks prompted the New York Police Department's counter-terrorism unit to announce the deployment of additional patrols in Asian communities there as a precaution. South Korea's foreign ministry said its consulate-general in Atlanta had confirmed that the victims included four women of Korean descent but was verifying their nationality. The bloodshed began about 5pm on Tuesday, when four people were killed and another was wounded in a shooting at Young's Asian Massage in Cherokee County, about 40 miles north of Atlanta, Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department said. Two women of Asian descent were among the dead there, along with a white woman and a white man, Baker said, adding that the surviving victim was a Hispanic man. In Atlanta, the state capital, police officers responding to a call of a "robbery in progress" shortly before 6pm arrived at the Gold Spa beauty salon and found three women shot dead, Police Chief Rodney Bryant told reporters.
Atlanta Shootings Live Updates: Suspect Had Visited Targeted Spas Before, Police Say
New York police step up patrols in Asian communities after deadly shootings at Atlanta spas - CNA
Eight people were killed when a man opened fire on Tuesday in three Atlanta-area massage businesses. A suspect was arrested about miles south of Atlanta within hours. Six of the victims were of Asian descent. The shootings put Asian communities across the United States on alert and prompted law enforcement officials to increase patrols. The first shooting was reported around 5 p. Four people died and a fifth, a Hispanic man, was injured.
What to Know About the Atlanta Spa Shootings
The man charged with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors on Tuesday evening had been a customer of at least two of the spas, the police said. Deputy Chief Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department said in a news conference on Thursday that the suspect had patronized both of the massage businesses that were attacked in the city, where the police say he shot and killed four women of Asian descent. The authorities have said he drove to those businesses after fatally shooting four people at a spa in the suburbs, including two women of Asian descent. The police there said they did not know whether the suspect was a customer at that location. As the killings brought a wave of outrage and attention to violence against Asian-American people, Atlanta police officials emphasized that they were continuing to investigate all possible motives for the killings.
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