Shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors have left at least eight people dead, authorities said on Tuesday.
The shootings occurred shortly after one another on Tuesday afternoon. Three people were killed at a massage parlor in Cherokee county, about 30 miles north-west of Atlanta, followed by shootings at two other massage parlors in Atlanta that sit across the street from one another.
Many of those killed were believed to be Asian women, police said. They said it was too early to tell whether the shootings were linked but that they were looking into the possibility.
A 21-year-old man was captured in south-west Georgia, about 150 miles outside Atlanta, several hours after the shootings took place. Jay Baker, the spokesperson for the Cherokee county sheriff’s office, said that Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, was taken into custody on Tuesday night.
Baker told WXIA-TV that it was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.
The suspect was captured by surveillance video pulling up to the business around 4.50pm Tuesday, minutes before the shooting, authorities said.
The gunfire temporarily shut down traffic near the Cherokee county massage parlor.
Atlanta police said they had been in touch with authorities in Cherokee county.
Atlanta police said they dispatched officers to check nearby similar businesses and increased patrols in the area.
More details soon …