Four people were killed in a suburb north of Atlanta and less than an hour later, four more were killed in two shootings in Atlanta.
A suspect has been arrested, Robert Aaron Long, 21, after a brief manhunt, Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said. Investigators were working to confirm that the shooting were related.
The Atlanta victims were Asian women, as were two of the victims in Acworth.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Biden had been briefed
“overnight about the horrific shootings in Atlanta.”
White House officials have been in touch with the mayor’s office and will remain in touch with the FBI.’
South Korea’s foreign ministry told NBC News that four of the women who died were of Korean origin, but their nationalities have yet to be verified.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said,
“We are in the very early stages of this…”
Cherokee County deputies discovered two people dead and three others wounded at the massage parlor in Acworth. The injured were taken to a hospital, where two of them died. About 45 minutes later and 30 miles away, police in Atlanta responded to a report of a robbery on Piedmont Road in the northeast part of the city.
Officials discovered three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds, and while on the scene, received a call of shots fired across the street, where a woman was found dead inside that business, Atlanta police said.
Long was arrested in Crisp County, about 125 miles south of Atlanta, officials said.
Authorities did not provide additional details or identifying information about the other victims. Nor did they disclose a suspected motive.
NEW: At least 8 people were killed in shooting scenes in two Georgia counties, Atlanta-area officials said. The shootings have not been linked by authorities.— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 17, 2021
A suspect in one of those shootings is in custody, sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker says. https://t.co/Zys5GSlIBZ
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