Atlanta spa shootings underscore vulnerability of Asian women in US

Flowers and a poster are left outside Gold Spa on March 17, 2021, following the deadly shootings in Atlanta. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON - Police said on Wednesday (March 17) that it was too early to tell whether the white gunman who shot and killed eight people - most of whom were Asian women - at three massage parlours in Atlanta, Georgia, was racially motivated.

Robert Aaron Long, 21, told police that his attack on Tuesday was not racially motivated but the result of a sex addiction, viewing the spas as "a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate", said Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jay Baker.

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