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6 Asian women among 8 killed in Atlanta spa shootings

South Korea's foreign ministry says victims include four women of Korean descent

An Atlanta police officer works at the scene outside of the Gold Spa in Atlanta, Georgia on March 16 after a deadly shooting.   © Reuters

ATLANTA (Reuters) -- Eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, were shot dead in a string of attacks at day spas in and around Atlanta, and a man suspected of carrying out the killings was in custody on Wednesday in southern Georgia, police said.

Although authorities in the southern U.S. state declined to offer a motive for the violence, the attacks on Tuesday prompted the New York Police Department's counter-terrorism unit to announce the deployment of additional patrols in Asian communities there as a precaution.

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