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8 dead in shootings at three spas in metro Atlanta

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Two of the shootings occurred at spas across the street northeast of Atlanta and the other in Cherokee County, northwest of the city.

Officials in each jurisdiction said there were no immediate indications of reasons and it is unclear whether the shootings were related.

Robert Aaron Long

A Cherokee County shooting suspect was arrested in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, around 8:30 p.m., about 3 and a half hours after the killings. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office identified him as Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock.

Deputies were called to Young’s Asian massage near Acworth, Georgia, to learn of a shooting, Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker said.

Deputies who responded found five people with gunshots. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three were taken to a hospital, where two died, Baker said.

The massage parlor is about 30 miles from the site of the Atlanta executions, which took place about an hour later.

Atlanta police said they responded to a robbery call at the Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road, Atlanta, and found three people dead.

During his stay, police received another shooting call directly on Aroma Therapy Spa Street, where they found a dead person, Atlanta police chief Rodney Bryant said.

The four victims were women and looked Asian, said Bryant, who added that it was too early to say what relationship they had with the spas.

This story is unfolding. Please check for updates again.

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