8 Killed in Shootings at 3 Atlanta-Area Massage Parlors
Eight people were killed in shootings across three Atlanta-area massage parlors on Tuesday.
Atlanta police officers responded to a "business robbery in progress call" at Gold Spa massage parlor on Tuesday around 5:47 p.m. local time and found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds inside the establishment, Sgt. John Chafee of Atlanta Police Department's Public Affairs Unit tells PEOPLE in a statement.
While police were at the scene, they received reports that shots were being fired at another massage parlor, Fuji Spa, across the street. Upon arrival, they found another woman shot and killed inside, Chafee says.
"At this time, investigators are gathering information from both scenes to determine exactly what occurred," Chafee adds.
About an hour prior to those two shootings, five people were shot at a spa in Acworth, Ga., about 30 miles north of Atlanta in Cherokee County.
Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while three others were transported to the hospital for their injuries and two of them died, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker told the AP.
Robert Aaron Long was arrested in connection with the Acworth shooting after being seen on surveillance footage pulling up to the spa around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, minutes before the shooting, authorities told the AP. It is not known whether Long has been charged in connection with the incident.
On whether the Atlanta shootings and the Acworth shooting are related, Chafee says, "Video footage from our Video Integration Center places the Cherokee County suspect's vehicle in the area, around the time of our Piedmont Road shootings."
"That, along with video evidence viewed by investigators, suggests it is extremely likely our suspect is the same as Cherokee County's, who is in custody," Chafee adds, before saying that "an investigator from APD is in Cherokee County and we are working closely with them to confirm with certainty our cases are related."
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Chafee adds that since the shootings, "patrols have been increased in those areas."
Authorities have not identified a motive in any of the shootings, according to NBC News.
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"It does not appear that robbery or theft was a motive, but that's one of the things we're looking into," Baker told the outlet of the Acworth shooting. "We don't know what his motive was when he arrived or what motivated him to do something like this."
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
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