Bay Area Leaders React: Extra Patrols around Asian Businesses after Atlanta Spa Shooting

A make-shift memorial is seen outside a business where a multiple fatal shooting occurred on Tuesday, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Acworth, Ga. Robert Aaron Long, a white man, is accused of killing several people, most of whom were of Asian descent, at massage parlors in the Atlanta area. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA (AP) — A white gunman has been charged with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors in an attack that sent terror through the Asian American community. Robert Aaron Long told police that the attack wasn’t racially motivated, claiming to have a “sex addiction.” Authorities say he apparently lashed out at what he saw as sources of temptation. Six of the victims were identified as Asian and seven were women. The killings horrified the Asian American community, which saw the shootings as an attack on them, given a recent wave of assaults that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States, reported Kate Brumback and Angie Wang.

Bay Area leaders expressed their concerns on social media. San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted:

Governor Gavin Newsom tweeted:

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted:

Assemblymember Rob Bonta represents Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro in the California Assembly tweeted:

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