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4 Asian women among 8 killed in mass shootout at Georgia spas, shooter held

Georgia: At least 8 people have been reported dead, many of them women of Asian descent in a mass shooting that took place at two massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia. A 21 year old man has been taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt.

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As per police reports, three people were killed at a spa in northeast Atlanta, while the fourth person was killed at another spa across the street. Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said all four victims were female and “it appears that they may be Asian.”

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Atlanta police officers responding to a call of a robbery in progress at one spa around 5:50 p.m. found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds, police said. While they were at that scene, they learned of a call reporting shots fired at another spa across the street and found a woman who appeared to have been shot dead inside the business.

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Earlier, around 5 pm, five people were shot at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Atlanta, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said. Two of the victims were dead and three were transported to a hospital where two of them also died, Baker said.

Authorities were not immediately releasing the gender or race of the victims, Baker said.

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