Police Officer Removed From Atlanta Shooting Case | 22 Words

A police officer has been removed from the shocking Atlanta shooting case after saying the gunman "had a bad day"...

And quite predictably, it's caused a lot of outrage.

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Here's the full story...

On Tuesday evening, twenty-one-year-old Robert Aaron Long went to 3 local spas and shot dead 8 innocent people in Cherokee and Fulcon County, Atlanta.

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As per the New York Times, 4 people died in the first shooting at Young's Asian Massage, which was reported at around 5 pm.

Just a short while later, Long targeted the Gold Spa where he shot dead 3 women.

Shots were then fired nearby at the Aromatherapy Spa, where the body of another woman was found.

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8 people in total tragically died, 6 of whom were Asian.

The victims are slowly being identified...

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And according to Sky News, thirty-three-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, fifty-four-year-old Paul Andre Michels, forty-nine-year-old Xiaojie Yan, and forty-four-year-old Daoyou Feng have been the first to be identified.

Utterly heartbreaking.

Long was arrested a few hours after the shootings following a manhunt...

And although he is now in police custody, people are feeling angrier than ever.

Many have been taking to social media to share their shock and heartbreak over the attack...

Alongside their anger over how yet another shooting has been allowed to take place here in America.

It's clear that many strongly believe this was a racially motivated attack...

And people have been rallying together both on the streets and online in protest of this kind of terrorism and, of course, to demand justice for America's Asian communities and the victims who lost their lives in this ruthless attack.

But what exactly has been happening to the person responsible?

Well, Long is being held without bond in Cherokee County, where he faces 8 counts of murder and a charge of aggravated assault, according to the county sheriff's office.

During interviews, Long told police that he had a sex addiction and his attacks came from somewhat of a sexual nature...

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And although he's taken full responsibility for the shootings, Long has been adamant that they weren't racially motivated.

Of course, the anger is still very much apparent...

But after a shocking news conference this week, anger has been well and truly turned upon Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office after he unbelievably said that Long was simply "having a bad day."

People are furious, to say the least...

And have been taking to Twitter to slam Baker for showing "compassion" to the shooter and trying to tone down his horrific actions.

Speaking at Wednesday's news conference, Baker started by explaining how the suspect had taken responsibility for his actions.

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"He does claim that it was not racially motivated and he has some kind of issue," the Captain said.

He then said this:

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"Investigators interviewed him this morning and they got the impression that he understood the gravity of it and he was pretty much fed up, at the end of his rope, and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did."

Well, it didn't take long for Baker's appalling comments to have their consequences...

According to officials, he has been removed as the spokesperson in the Atlanta-area spas shooting investigation amid the backlash over his controversial comments made about the suspect.

It has not yet been confirmed as to exactly why Baker has been taken off the case...

But it's clear it has a lot to do with his comments, though people are continuing to demand for him to either resign or be fired from his position.

Rest in Peace to all the victims who tragically lost their lives in this horrific attack.

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Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to their families during this terrible time.

Stay posted for updates on this developing story.