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Atlanta-area shootings leave 8 dead, many of Asian descent

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2:05 p.m.

The suspect in the shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that killed eight has been charged with murder and assault.

Authorities in Cherokee County say 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long was charged with four counts of murder and one count of assault in the shooting at a massage parlor there.

The other victims were killed at two massage parlors in Atlanta.

Officials said they're still investigating whether the Georgia killings were hate crimes amid concerns over a wave of attacks on Asian Americans. Six of the victims were Asian and seven were women. Authorities said the the man accused in the shootings told police his act wasn't racially motivated and that he potentially had a "sex addiction."

11:25 a.m.

Authorities say the suspect in a series of shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that killed eight was also planning to go to Florida to attack "some type of porn industry."

Officials didn't say if the suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, ever went to the parlors where the shootings occurred Tuesday but said he possibly had a sex addiction.

Authorities also said Long was acting alone and that a 9mm handgun was found in his car when he was arrested.

Officials said they are still investigating whether the deaths were hate crimes amid concerns over a wave of attacks on Asian Americans. Six of the victims were Asian and seven were women.

UPDATE: 10:00 a.m.

Georgia officials say it's too early to determine whether the shooting that left eight dead at massage parlors in the Atlanta are was a hate crime.

The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, was questioned by officials and authorities said he had frequented parlors in the past and may have a potential "sex addiction."

But officials wouldn't say whether the parlors where the shootings occurred were places where sex took place.

Long is accused in a series of shootings over nearly an hour at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead and raised fears that the attack was another hate crime against Asian Americans. Officials say he has admitted to the shootings but said they were not racially motivated.

They are still investigating.

The attacks began Tuesday evening, when five people were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor near Woodstock, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Atlanta. Two people died at the scene, and three were taken to a hospital where two died.

Long was expected to be arraigned Thursday.

ORIGINAL STORY

ATLANTA (AP) -- A series of shootings at three Atlanta area massage parlors left eight people dead and raised fears that the attack was yet another hate crime against people of Asian descent.

Police arrested Robert Aaron Long and said the motive for the Tuesday night shootings wasn't immediately known, though many of the victims were women of Asian descent.

Four of the dead were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in a Cherokee County strip mall.

Four more were shot at massage parlors in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood.

Authorities haven't specified charges.

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