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Snippet of Up First: Atlanta Shooting Fueled by Racist and Anti-Asian Sentiment

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A 21 year-old white man has been arrested in a string of shootings in Georgia that killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent.
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A 21 year-old white man has been arrested in a string of shootings in Georgia that killed eight people, six of them women of Asian descent.
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police in Georgia are investigating multiple deadly shootings that took place in the Atlanta area last night. Eight people were killed, many of them reportedly women of Asian descent. Authorities are still investigating a motive, but we will note that advocacy organizations have recently released data that shows that reports of hate crimes against Asians have surged nearly 150% in 2020. With us now is Alex Helmick, a reporter with W. A B in Atlanta. Alex, I know you've had a very long night. Tell me, what do we know so far? Well, police say four people were shot and killed north of Atlanta and Cherokee County at a place called Young's Asian Massage. Another person was shot and taken to the hospital there not long after that shooting about 40 miles away in northeast Atlanta, shootings at two more spots killed another four people. The spas were across the street from each other. Police say many of the people who died appear to be Asian women. Okay, police have arrested one man. What do we know about him? 21 year old Robert Aaron Long, who's white, does not appear to have a criminal record police say is from Woodstock, Georgia, about 30 miles north of Atlanta. He was arrested about 150 miles south of Atlanta in Crisp County, where he's being held. The sheriff there says state troopers arrested him after ramming his vehicle along the highway, and authorities say they have surveillance video of Long, allegedly near the first parlor. That's the one in Cherokee County around five o'clock yesterday evening when the shooting occurred in Atlanta. Police say Longs Vehicle was picked up on surveillance after that and have pieced together that long black SUV was in the area of the two Atlanta parlors, so officials say it's extremely likely this was the same suspect for all three shootings. Have the police said whether or not they believe this was racially motivated? They have, and they say they're still investigating a motive. They have said as we've mentioned that most of the victims appear to be of Asian descent, but they haven't directly linked race to this shooting, Okay, and Alex, what do you know about what will happen next? Well, officials say Cherokee County authorities are working with Atlanta police to further link the suspects in the shootings, and the FBI says it, too, is assisting both law enforcement agencies and Long will likely be moved from South Georgia, presumably to either Cherokee County or Atlanta. And Atlanta Police say they are planning a press conference for later this morning, And I imagine we will learn a bit more about some of the victims. W A. B s Alex Helmick. Alex. Thanks for your reporting. We appreciate it. Thank you.
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