Criminal activity scene tape surrounds Gold Day spa after lethal shootings at a massage parlor and 2 spa in the Atlanta area, in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. March 16, 2021.
President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was briefed by his administration’s top police authorities about the deadly Atlanta-area shooting spree that left 8 dead, apparently consisting of six Asian women.
Attorney General Of The United States Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray informed Biden by phone about the shootings at 3 spas, which have actually triggered leaders to condemn a recent surge in violence against Asian Americans.
” The investigation is ongoing and the question of inspiration is still to be figured out,” Biden said at the start of a virtual meeting with the prime minister of Ireland.
” But whatever the motivation here, I understand Asian Americans are extremely worried, due to the fact that as you know I have been speaking about the cruelty against Asian Americans, and it’s troubling,” the president stated.
Biden stated he is waiting for more info from the Department of Justice and the FBI, including, “I’ll have more to state when the investigation is finished.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said previously that Biden had been initially informed over night about the shootings which officials “have been in touch with the mayor’s workplace and will remain in touch with the FBI.”
Authorities have arrested a suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia. Asked if the attacks were racially encouraged, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said that they asked the suspect that particular concern which “did not seem the motive.”
“We believe that he frequented these places in the past and may have been lashing out,” Reynolds stated, including that Long suggested he might be a sex addict.
Nevertheless, Reynolds said, it’s still early in the examination.
Long was charged with murder and intensified assault, NBC News reported.