Police investigate suspect’s motive in Atlanta-area killings

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ATLANTA (AP) — A white gunman accused of killing eight people, most of them of Asian descent, at three Atlanta-area massage parlors claimed to have a possible “sex addiction” and apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation.

The bloodshed immediately raised fears of another hate crime against Asian Americans.

But Robert Aaron Long told police the attack was not racially motivated, and police said it appeared it may not have been.

Six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. Officials said Long may have targeted the parlors because he saw them as a “temptation.”

Many suspects who commit mass shootings have a history of violence against women.

Still, the attack haunted members of the Asian American community.

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