8 dead in 3 shootings at massage parlors in Georgia; police investigating motive; suspect arrested

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8 dead in 3 shootings at massage parlors in Georgia; police investigating motive; suspect arrested

At least one gunman killed eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors Tuesday and police say they are trying to determine a motive for the brazen attacks.

Hours after the killings, a 21-year-old man was captured in southwest Georgia. 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.

Baker said police believe Long is the suspect in all three shootings. Video evidence also “suggests it is extremely likely” Long is the suspect in each attack, Atlanta Police Department Sgt. John Chafee said in an emailed statement to USA TODAY.

Atlanta police responded to calls for a robbery in progress shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Chafee said. Police found three women dead when they arrived at the spa.

While police were at the first scene, they got calls for shots fired across the street at another massage parlor, Chafee said. They went to the business and found another woman who had been fatally shot.

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