A 21-year-old man has been captured in southwest Georgia, hours after eight people were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.

By Phil Helsel

Cherokee County sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, Georgia, was taken into custody in Crisp County on Tuesday night, about 150 miles south of Atlanta. 

The eight women, many of them Asian, were shot dead in three separate shootings at two spas and a massage parlor in and around Atlanta.  

Police say the spa shootings occurred in northeast of the city in the suburb of Woodland Hills at two locations directly across the street from one another. 

Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, was identified as the suspect in the shooting at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County that left four people dead and one person injured 

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said three people were killed at a spa in northeast Atlanta, while a fourth person was killed at another spa across the street. He said all four victims were female, and ‘It appears that they may be Asian.’ 

The first shooting occurred just before 6pm at the Gold Spa. Police were called to the location having been told of a robbery that was taking place on the premises.

When police entered they found three women who had all been shot and subsequently died from their wounds.

While on the scene at Gold Spa, cops received a second call from the Aromatherapy Spa directly across the street. 

Officers responded immediately crossing Piedmont Road to find that one woman had also been shot and killed there as well.  

Investigators are now gathering information from both scenes to determine exactly what occurred and attempting to obtain more information regarding the suspect or suspects involved.

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