UPDATE: Officials in Cherokee County have released names of the five victims who were shot during Tuesday's shooting at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Georgia.
According to a statement from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, four victims were killed at that location:
- Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth
- Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta
- Xiaojie Yan, 49, of Kennesaw
- Daoyou Feng, 44, unknown address
One victim was injured and is in stable condition:
- Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth
On Tuesday, eight people were found dead at three different massage parlors in the Atlanta area on Tuesday, according to law enforcement officials.
The names of the four victims killed in Atlanta have not been released.
The suspect in the shootings Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been charged with, “four counts of Murder and one count of Aggravated Assault and has no bond,” the CCSO statement says. He is currently detained at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.
PREVIOUS STORY: During a Wednesday briefing, Baker said the victim is in stable condition at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia.
Baker said in Cherokee County, there were five victims total. Four were killed and one survived.
On Tuesday, eight people were found dead – six of them Asian women – at three different massage parlors in the Atlanta area, according to law enforcement officials.
Police have not yet offered a motive in the shootings but confirmed a suspect is in custody. The investigation is at an early stage.
PREVIOUS STORY: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said today that police determined the Atlanta spa shooting suspect was on his way to Florida "perhaps to carry out additional shootings."
She commended law enforcement for their coordination and quick response in apprehending the suspect.
"This could have been significantly worse," Bottoms said. "I can't express enough my gratitude for the coordination and the public as a whole should be grateful that this suspect was quickly apprehended because it is very likely that there would have been more victims yesterday."
PREVIOUS STORY: Authorities in metro Atlanta are investigating whether shootings at three massage parlors that left eight people dead and one wounded are connected.
Two of the shootings were at spas across the street from each other in northeast Atlanta and the other was in Cherokee County to the northwest of the city.
Officials in each jurisdiction said there were no immediate indications of motive and it is unclear whether the shootings were related.
A suspect in the Cherokee County shootings was taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, around 8:30 p.m. -- about 3 1/2 hours after the killings. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office identified him as Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock.
Deputies were called to Young's Asian Massage near Acworth, Georgia, for reports of a shooting, Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesperson Jay Baker said.
Responding deputies found five people with gunshot wounds. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three were transported to a hospital, where two died, Baker said.
The massage parlor is about 30 miles from the sites of the Atlanta shootings, which took place about an hour later.
Atlanta police said they responded to a robbery call at the Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road in Atlanta and found three people dead.
While there, police received another call of shots fired directly across the street at the Aroma Therapy Spa, where they found one person dead, Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said.
The four victims were female and appear to be Asian, Bryant said, adding it was too early to say what their connection was to the spas.
This story is developing. Check back for updates.
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