A white gunman was charged on Wednesday with killing eight people after he opened fire on three Atlanta-area massage parlors.
Robert Aaron Long, 21, traveled between three massage parlors in Georgia on Tuesday, killing eight in what has been the worst mass killing in the U.S. in nearly two years.
Long reportedly told police that his attack was not racially motivated and was instead prompted by what he claimed is a "sex addiction" and an attempt at removing sources of temptation.
Six of the eight victims were women of Asian-American descent.
"He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places, and it's a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate," Cherokee County sheriff's Capt. Jay Baker told reporters.
Baker drew criticism for saying that Long had "a really bad day" and "this is what he did."
The victims of the Cherokee County shooting were identified as Delaina Yaun, 33; Paul Andre Michels, 54; Xiaojie Yan, 49; and Daoyou Feng, 44. The victims from Atlanta have not yet been identified.