Eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent, were killed in a series of shootings at three spas in or near Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday night.
The suspected gunman, a 21-year-old white man named Robert Aaron Long, was arrested several hours later, according to law enforcement. The authorities have not publicly reported a potential motive for the attacks.
The shootings transpired amid escalating reports of hate incidents against Asian-Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, which ex-President Donald Trump repeatedly referred to as “the China virus” in a racist attempt to blame China for his botched response to the virus.
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