Shootings at three Atlanta massage parlors leave seven dead, police say

Shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors have left at least seven people dead, authorities said on Tuesday.

Three people were killed and two others injured at a massage parlor in Cherokee county late on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

Shortly after, shootings at two Atlanta massage parlors, which are across the street from each other, left four dead. Police did not say whether they believe the Atlanta shootings were connected to the one in Cherokee county, which is about 30 miles north-west of Atlanta.

Many of those who were killed were Asian women, authorities said.

Jay Baker, the spokesperson for the Cherokee county sheriff’s office, confirmed the deaths in the county and said multiple people had been transported to hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately available.

Baker told WXIA-TV that it was not immediately clear what prompted the shooting.
It appears that all five victims were shot inside the business, according to the Cherokee county sheriff’s captain, Jay Baker, who spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The suspect was captured by surveillance video pulling up to the business around 4.50pm Tuesday, minutes before the shooting, authorities said.

Authorities late Tuesday were searching for a suspect seen driving a dark-colored SUV. The sheriff’s office posted surveillance pictures on its Facebook page, asking people to share the images that show the man near the vehicle. They described the man as a suspect, and asked that anyone who recognizes him or the vehicle call 911.

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