8 dead in string of spa shootings in Atlanta-area; gunman in custody after manhunt

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Cherokee County, GEORGIA — A suspected gunman was taken into custody after 8 people were killed at massage parlors in the metro Atlanta-area Tuesday. At least 1 other victim was wounded.

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant told CBS46 that four females, all believed to be Asian, were fatally shot at two spas on Piedmont NE in Atlanta—three victims were found at Gold Spa and one was found at Aromatherapy Spa.

Earlier in the day, three people were killed at a spa in Woodstock, Georgia.

The suspect in the shootings, 21-year-old Robert Long, was taken into custody after a police chase where he stopped only after cops preformed a PIT maneuver.

Front page of Wednesday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Crisp County Sheriff’s office said in a statement: Around 8:00 PM Crisp County Sheriffs Office received information from Sheriff Frank Reynolds that a wanted suspect was traveling south on GA401/I75. A 2007 black Hyundai Tucson was spotted south around mile marker 101 by Georgia State Patrol and Crisp County Deputies.

A GSP Trooper performed a PIT maneuver around the 93 mile marker. The suspect was arrested without incident and transported to the Crisp County Detention Center.
The FBI is responding to assist in the investigation.

A motive for the crimes is unknown at this time.

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