Motive behind shootings at 3 Atlanta-area massage parlors that killed 7 unknown

4 victims appear to be Asian American women, police say

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DETROIT – Seven people were killed in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors, according to the Associated Press.

The news agency reported that as of Tuesday evening it was still uncertain whether the shootings were related.

Update with details: 7 killed in shootings at 3 Atlanta-area massage parlors

According to CNN, four of the seven victims appear to be Asian American women.

The attacks come at a time when Asian Americans are being subjected to racist attacks. Many blame the recent rise in anti-Asian bigotry on hateful rhetoric sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

The motive behind the shootings is still unknown.

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