FBI investigates massage parlor shootings that led to eight deaths in Atlanta

FBI Investigates Massage Parlor Shootings That Led To Eight Deaths In Atlanta

Washington – Federal police joined this Wednesday in the investigation of three shootings in massage parlors in Atlanta allegedly perpetrated by a young man who is in custody and that left eight dead, including six Asian women, and which are feared may have had racist motivations .

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began their work in Crisp County where the suspect in at least one of the incidents, identified as Robert Aaron Long, was arrested last night after a police chase.

An FBI spokesman told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that federal agents are collaborating with local police over the possibility that the three attacks were “racially” motivated.

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The authorities have not released official information on the identity of the victims, the alleged motives for the attacks or other details.

Long was captured last night about 150 miles south of Atlanta when a highway patrol officer forced him to stop the vehicle in which he was fleeing.

The man was arrested without incident and charged with manslaughter for the attack on Young’s Asian Parlor massage parlor in Cherokee County that left four people dead and one injured.

Four other people were killed in two other attacks in less than an hour and at similar establishments in northeast Atlanta.

Police spokesman Jay Baker said Long appears to be the same suspect in all three attacks, surveillance camera footage shows.

On Tuesday Democratic Sen. Michelle Au, herself of Chinese descent, had warned her colleagues about the alarming increase in attacks against Asian Americans in the state and other parts of the country.

According to Au, there has been a 150% increase in crimes against Asians and Asian-Americans between 2019 and 2020, a trend that community spokesmen attribute to former President Donald Trump’s anti-China rhetoric.

Trump has insisted on calling the coronavirus that causes covid-19 “the virus of China.”

The Stop AAPI Hate group, which was formed to counter discrimination against Asian Americans during the pandemic, called Tuesday’s shootings “an unspeakable tragedy” for a community “hit by high levels of racist attacks.”

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