22 Mar Atlanta Shooting Has Left The Asian-American Community Shell-Shocked: 6 Asian Women Dead
According to Atlanta Police Department, the man who went on a rampage in the Atlanta spa regions is charged with eight counts of murder, out of which six were Asian women. The 21-year old suspect is reportedly a sex-addict and went on a killing spree in the massage parlors to get rid of the “temptation.”
This tragedy has left the Asian community in understandable terror. While the authorities have not ruled this case as a result of Asian hate, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta stated that the majority of victims were Asian women and the tragedy is apparent. Bottoms also stated that this case is hateful, unacceptable and anti-Asian hate must stop.
The police department has charged Robert Aaron Long, 21, behind the Atlants Spa Shooting. He is being held accountable for eight counts of murder and one fatal assault. Out of these eight murder acquisitions, the first four murders occurred in Cherokee County and the other four are related to the shooting that took place under less than an hour at Atlants spas.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Official said that the suspect was caught driving to Florida and was about to try another similar crime. However, he was stopped when his parents reported their son as a possible suspect for the shooting. He confessed to killing eight people as an act of vengeance. He also stated that he was alone and had been a frequent customer at these spas.
According to the reports, the first four people were killed at Young’s Asian Massage near Acworth and the incident was reported at 5 pm. At 5:47 pm, the police got another 911 call from a woman who was hiding in the spa, stating the successive four assaults.
Six out of eight victims were Asian women and belonged to the 30-50 age group.
While the communities are grieving the loss of their mothers, wives, fiances, daughters and sisters, the department has said that it’s too early to announce this tragedy as a case of Anti-Asian Hate.
SOURCE- THE NEW YORK TIMES