Gwinnett Police step up patrols in response to shootings at Atlanta area spas

Photo credit: Gwinnett County Police Department

(Lawrenceville, Ga., March 17, 2020) – In response to yesterday’s shootings in the city of Atlanta and Cherokee County, the Gwinnett County Police Department immediately began providing extra patrols in and around Asian businesses, particularly spas, in Gwinnett County. A spokesman with GCPD said although there are no known threats at this time, “these patrols will continue for the foreseeable future for the safety and comfort of the community.”

The shootings took place on March 16, 2021 at three spas leaving eight people dead, six of them of Asian decent. However, detectives don’t believe at this time that the motive was related to the race of the victims. The other two victims were white.

The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, was arrested Tuesday night in a traffic stop allegedly headed south after shooting victims at two businesses on Piedmont Road. Capt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, where the shooting spree began, said that the suspect cited a sex addition he suffers from as a reason for the shootings.

GCPD has urged the public that if anyone sees something that may appear suspicious or potentially criminal in nature, they are encouraged to call the police immediately. 

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