A 21-year-old white man was taken into custody and has since been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault. Investigators say he was driving to Florida after the shootings in the Atlanta area because he wanted to commit more violence. He also told investigators that the killings were not racially motivated. He claimed to have issues with "sex addiction", authorities said.
Nguyen has been a frequent advocate for women and communities of color in the state, the Associated Press reported.
CNN's Lisa Ling asked "How many people have to die" before violence against people of Asian descent is taken seriously, and rejected the notion that the Atlanta "terrorist" who killed six Asian women Tuesday should be taken at his word that racism was not his motive.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said it was too early to classify the shootings as hate crimes. But Baker has also has been criticized for saying that the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, for saying that the day of his shooting spree was "a really bad day for him". "We were alarmed by the rate of violence and hate directed towards us", said Russell Jeung, who created Stop AAPI Hate, which tracks incidents against Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Asian American activists say it undermines public trust in the investigation.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the investigation was continuing and the motivation of the killer remained unknown.
'By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory, ' reads the United States Code of Laws.
On Thursday, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado will be cosponsoring a virtual town hall to discuss solutions for prevention, education and support.
ElciasR. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, was injured.
"I'm not naive enough to think that I'm going to convince all of you to stand up for us", Kim said.
Long has admitted carrying out the attacks according to law enforcement but claims he was not motivated by racial hatred.
The first attack took place at a massage parlor in the town of Acworth, about 50 kilometers north of Atlanta. Authorities there said a shooter killed two Asian women, a white woman and a white man, and wounded another man.
They were gunned down at three separate massage parlours in Atlanta.
About an hour later, police in Atlanta found three Asian women dead from apparent gunshot wounds at a beauty spa. They then found another Asian woman dead of a gunshot at a spa a short distance away.
"These locations, he sees them as an outlet for him, something that he shouldn't be doing", Baker said.
President Joe Biden ordered that the US flag be flown at half-staff at the White House to honor the victims of Tuesday's rampage, for which Robert Aaron Long has been charged with eight counts of murder at two spas in Atlanta and one in Cherokee County about 40 miles (64 km) to its north. His account included a photo of Baker in uniform outside the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.