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Gunman Kills 8 People, Almost All Women of Asian Descent, at Three Atlanta Spas

HeadlineMar 17, 2021

In Atlanta, a gunman shot dead eight people at three massage parlors Tuesday evening. Six of the victims were of Asian descent; all but one were women. A 21-year-old white male suspect, Robert Aaron Long, has been taken into custody. Anti-Asian hate crimes have surged since the start of the pandemic. The group Stop AAPI Hate says nearly 4,000 anti-Asian crimes have been reported over the past year. Several cities, including New York, have said they would deploy more police officers to Asian neighborhoods in the wake of the attack, despite many in Asian American communities saying more policing does nothing to fix the underlying issues but contributes to systemic, structural racism.

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