Three shooting attacks in massage parlors in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, on Tuesday (16) left eight people dead and one wounded. Two of the attacks took place in spas they were on the same street in northeast Atlanta, and the third was about thirty miles away in Cherokee County, northwest of the city.
According to data released by the police, video evidence suggests that the same person is responsible for the attacks. Also according to officials from both jurisdictions, the reason for the attacks is not known.
Taken into custody in Crisp County, the suspect was identified as Robert Aaron Long, 21, a resident of Woodstock. In a video on the Crisp County Sheriff's Department Facebook page, Sheriff Frank Reynolds said the highway patrol was alerted that Long was heading their way. What we know so far is that the suspect denies any racist motives and introduced himself as a "sex addict".
Tributes are given across the country that also served as a protest for the increase in attacks on the Asian community. According to President Joe Biden, "Asian Americans are very concerned." "Violence" against this minority is "very worrying," he added. Unfortunately, this massacre takes place at a very delicate moment, where many accusations surfaced by this community that claims to be suffering from verbal abuse and physical violence since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic. The new coronavirus emerged in China in late 2019 and spread to the rest of the world.
The Sony company announced today through its official US PlayStation account that it will make an unspecified donation to the NGO Stop AAPI Hate, an organization committed to combating the escalating violence and attacks suffered by Asian American and Asian Pacific communities after learning of the attacks in Atlanta.
We are troubled by a recent pattern of violence targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It's time to take action.
SIE is making a donation to Stop AAPI Hate, and we hope you can too. Learn how you can help here: https://t.co/vVdvczmgme— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 17, 2021
Something very important to remember is that the conduct of the former US president may have influenced the growing lack of empathy, respect and love for others. The year 2020 was marked by many racist tragedies that culminated in protests such as the “Black Lives Matter" around the world. And even with actions that repudiate the hatred of the different, these tragedies keep happening.