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Georgia State: Eight people shot dead in massage parlors

Eight people were killed in three different massage parlors in a short period of time on Tuesday in the southern US state of Georgia.

On Tuesday afternoon (local time), the police in Cherokee County, around 50 kilometers north of Atlanta, found two people shot dead and three injured in an Asian massage parlor, according to CNN and NBC News, citing the police. Two injured died in the hospital. So far nothing is known about the identity of these victims.

Four other people were shot dead in two Atlanta spas just an hour later. In these two cases, the victims were women of Asian origin, NBC News and CNN reported.

Suspect arrested

About three hours after the incidents in and around the capital Atlanta, the police arrested a 21-year-old who is suspected of having been involved in the incidents, US media reported, citing the police.

Atlanta police said the detained man was most likely responsible for all three incidents. Surveillance camera footage would suggest this. However, confirmation that all three cases are related is still pending.

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