İrem UZUN -TDO- At least eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at three different spas in the U.S. state of Georgia on Tuesday. A 21-year-old white man in custody on suspicion of staging all three attacks, police have said. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said four of the victims were of Korean descent.
The first attack took place at a massage parlor in the town of Acworth, about 50 kilometers north of Atlanta. Authorities there said a shooter killed two Asian women, a white woman and a white man, and also wounded another man. About an hour later, police in Atlanta found three Asian women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at a beauty spa. They then found another Asian woman dead of a gunshot at a spa a short distance away. Police said surveillance video showed the suspect’s vehicle at all three locations, and they were very confident the same shooter was responsible for the attacks.
President Biden said he had been briefed on the shootings. Ahead of his meeting with the Irish prime minister, the president acknowledged that "Asian-Americans have been very concerned" but would not speculate on the gunman's motive. Vice-President Kamala Harris said, "I do want to say to our Asian-American community that we stand with you and understand how this has frightened and shocked and outraged all people."
NYPD’s counter-terrorism bureau announced that it would deploy officers to Asian communities around New York, and Atlanta police sent officers to check on similar businesses.