On Tuesday, a gunman in Atlanta opened fire in a string of attacks at local spas, murdering 8 people.
And now, police have claimed the gunman was "having a bad day"...
How could that possibly be any justification for his actions?
Here's the full story...
How is this still happening?
It's 2021, and we are still living in fear of these devastating mass shootings.
As soon as the tragic news broke, people took to social media to share their shock and heartbreak.
@lcshorten I live in Atlanta and am heartbroken about the 8 murders here tonight targeting Asian spas. Disgusting.— AtlBlue (@AtlBlue)1615945576.0
The hate that Asians get is truly disgusting. What happened in Atlanta was a racist act of white supremacy at its f… https://t.co/hNvqDEobyc— kiaraknowsnothing (@kiaraknowsnothing)1616061336.0
@andifreakedit @MacDoesIt This white man in Atlanta killed 8 people last night and I believe 6 of them were Asian A… https://t.co/Duo0KuB3FP— Elizabeth, Drake stan 🤍 (@Elizabeth, Drake stan 🤍)1616027883.0
@EricaOnABC13 It's so , sad ! What happened to Atlanta . Man killed 8 Asian Woman . Just don't know ! What kind of… https://t.co/j5kBNcxs2n— jack (@jack)1616045995.0
i am sick to my stomach about the murder of 4 asian women, 8 people in total, at massage parlors today in atlanta.… https://t.co/V9Ia22F2El— Julie Ae Kim 김주애 (@Julie Ae Kim 김주애)1615948027.0
My heart goes out to the families and communities of the eight people murdered at metro-Atlanta spas. I am deeply s… https://t.co/D1Ik5ik7gm— Be A King (@Be A King)1615955420.0
This is deeply, deeply sad. Trump on Fox *tonight* referred to COVID using the racist slur "China virus." He prev… https://t.co/lEeNgbstZr— Padma Lakshmi (@Padma Lakshmi)1615951609.0
My condolences goes out to the families of all the victims and the entire Asian community tonight on what transpire… https://t.co/c2iNJRMRG4— LeBron James (@LeBron James)1615962680.0
Rest in Peace to the victims of the shooting in Atlanta last night. For months, ESEA communities have been speaking… https://t.co/LcAGKUCVvi— gal-dem (@gal-dem)1615987405.0
Another god damn mass shooting in Atlanta, 7 dead but god fucking forbid we pass background checks. What is it goin… https://t.co/fLn463tAUx— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1615946203.0
Rest In Peace, - Delaina Ashley Yuan, 33, of Acworth - Paul Andre Michels, 54, Atlanta - Xiaojie Yan, 49, Kennesaw… https://t.co/V3YSi5IU52— Jollene 🍞🌹 (@Jollene 🍞🌹)1616013413.0
The shooting took place on Tuesday evening.
TODAY 8 ASIAN WOMEN WERE KILLED IN A MASS SHOOTING HATE CRIME BY A TERRORIST IN ATLANTA. https://t.co/BHCaDGFdKe— GUCCI MEIN 🍜 (@GUCCI MEIN 🍜)1615949889.0
A lone gunman, reportedly identified as Robert Aaron Long, opened fire at local spas across Atlanta.
As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported around 5 pm.
Just a short while later, a robbery was reported at Gold Spa and when officers attended they found the bodies of 3 women.
And while at the scene another call came in, that shots were fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found.
8 people died, 6 of whom were Asian.
It comes as the U.S. is seeing a surge in violence targeting Asian Americans.
Dozens gathered at Diversity Plaza tonight in a vigil to mourn the 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian American women,… https://t.co/bEjeqzW2u8— Angélica M. Acevedo (@Angélica M. Acevedo)1616027577.0
Though, as per The Cut, investigators said it was still "too early" to confirm whether the attack was racially motivated.
The suspect, Robert Aaron Long who was arrested following a manhunt, told authorities that he did not target the victims because of their race, but because he had a "sexual addiction" and wanted to "eliminate" his "temptation."
It's truly heartbreaking.
But now, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
The police have claimed Long's actions were the result of him having a "really bad day."
In the shocking news conference, captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said that Long "was pretty much fed up and at the end of his rope."
Police Chief of Atlanta says that the shooter has admitted to the shootings, and that he told the police they were… https://t.co/Vdej4oUI5p— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@Batya Ungar-Sargon)1615992628.0
Before adding "Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and this is what he did."
While another officer said that Long likely frequented the spas and was "lashing out."
Leaving people shocked and horrified at their justification of a mass murderer.
Our thoughts are with the victims' family and friends.
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