ATLANTA — Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, died in shootings Tuesday at three spas in the Atlanta area, authorities said. One man was also injured.
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Officials continue to investigate the motive behind the shootings, which came amid a documented rise in anti-Asian sentiment nationwide. The suspected gunman, a 21-year-old white man named Robert Aaron Long, told investigators that race did not play a factor in the attack, authorities said.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Photos: Demonstrations, vigils held across country in wake of Atlanta spa shootings Activists participate in a vigil in response to the Atlanta spa shootings March 17, 2021, in the Chinatown area of Washington, D.C. A gunman opened fire in three spas in the Atlanta, Georgia area, the day before killing eight people, including six women of Asian descent. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Photos: 8 killed, suspect arrested in deadly Georgia spa shootings The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, was captured around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday following a chase in Crisp County in south Georgia, about three hours away from the shooting scene. (Crisp County Sheriff's Office)
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