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March 17, 2021

KDP’S STATEMENT ON RISE IN VIOLENCE AGAINST ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

Topeka, KS — Today, Americans woke up to the news of another mass shooting, this time across three massage parlors surrounding Atlanta, Georgia that left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, and raising fears of a deliberate attack on the Asian-American community. In response, KDP Communications Director Azmain Ashraf released the following statement:

“All of us at the Kansas Democratic Party are deeply heartbroken and stand with our AAPI community in condemning this senseless act of violence. Now more than ever, we need to come together and work to create a more inclusive and just country that values everyone equally, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.”

Read more about the Atlanta mass-shooting here:

Wichita Eagle: Georgia massage parlor shootings leave 8 dead; man captured. (March 17, 2021)

Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs Tuesday evening left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said. A 21-year-old man suspected in the shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt, police said.

The attacks began around 5 p.m., when five people were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in a strip mall near a rural area in Acworth, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Atlanta, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said. Two people died at the scene and three were transported to a hospital where two of them also died, Baker said.

Around 5:50 p.m., police in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, responding to a call of a robbery in progress, found three women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at Gold Spa. While they were at that scene, they learned of a call reporting shots fired at another spa across the street, Aromatherapy Spa, and found a woman who appeared to have been shot dead inside the business.

South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in statement Wednesday that its diplomats in Atlanta have confirmed from police that four of the victims who died were women of Korean descent. The ministry said the office of its Consulate General in Atlanta is trying to confirm the nationality of the women.

The killings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.

“Our entire family is praying for the victims of these horrific acts of violence,” Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday evening on Twitter.

A man suspected in the Acworth shooting was captured by surveillance video pulling up to the business around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday, minutes before the attack, authorities said. Baker said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, was taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Atlanta.

Baker said they believe Long is also the suspect in the Atlanta shootings.

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