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Georgia Shootings: Biden calls for unified fight against Anti-Asian racism


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The United States President, Joe Biden, has called for a unified fight against hate and racism in the country.
This comes after the killing of eight persons, most of them women of Asian descent, in three shootings on Tuesday night at Atlanta-area spas.

Local police have however announced the arrested of a 21-year-old man, Aaron Long, suspected of being the lone gunman.

Biden made the call for a unified front following a meeting with Asian American leaders, alongside Vice President Kamala Harris, in Atlanta.

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The president noted that the parties involved in the meeting highlighted the urgent work that needs to be done to root out racism.

“Vice President Harris and I sat down with Asian American leaders in Atlanta. It was a heart-wrenching meeting that made clear the urgent work that lies ahead. We must come together as one America, stand against hate, and root out racism wherever we find it,” Biden tweeted on Saturday morning.

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Meanwhile, the police said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, told authorities his actions were not racially motivated and he frequented some of the spas where the shootings happened.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Capt. Jay Baker, said Long viewed the spas, which are all listed on a prominent illicit massage parlour matching website, as “a temptation that he wanted to eliminate.”

Atlanta Police Chief, Rodney Bryant, said it was too soon in the investigation to say whether the shootings were a hate crime. “We are just not there as of yet,” Bryant said during a Wednesday morning news conference.

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US Today reports that Long was officially charged by authorities with eight counts of murder Wednesday in all three shootings. Four of the counts against Long are related to shootings at two massage parlours in Atlanta. The other four are related to shootings at a massage parlour in Cherokee County.