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Sheriff's Captain Sparks Outrage After Saying Deadly Atlanta Shooting Spree Was 'Bad Day' For Suspect

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In the wake of the mass shooting in Atlanta last night in which a White man murdered eight people, six of which were Asian women, Cherokee County Sheriff's Captain Jay Baker offered a excuse for the man's murder spree.

It was "a really bad day" for the gunman.

Social media erupted over Baker's shocking comments.

The gunman confessed to the murders.

During his confession, he told law enforcement he suffers from sex addiction, and targeted the spas in order to "take out that temptation." In explaining this alleged motive in a press conference, Sheriff's Captain Baker's description struck many as sympathy for the gunman.

As he put it to the press gaggle:

"He was pretty much fed up, that he'd been kind of at the end of his rope, and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did."

Baker's comments sparked immediate anger.

As Asian-American writer Marie Lu put it on Twitter:

"A really bad day are you f'king kidding me? Is this a picture book??"

Baker and other law enforcement officials in the area stressed the gunman's alleged sexual addiction was the motivation for his violence, not racism, refusing to label the anti-Asian hate crime a hate crime.

But according to a South Korean media report, the gunman was heard vowing to "kill all Asians" by a witness to one of the shootings.

That aside, Baker's analysis of the murders misses two key factors: the history of racialized sexual fetishization of Asian women and the skyrocketing rates of violence against Asian Americans during the pandemic.

STOP AAPI HATE, an organization that tracks such violence, recorded nearly 3,800 attacks since the beginning of the pandemic. Many believe the increase in violence to be a direct result of former President Donald Trump's and others Republicans' racist rhetoric around the pandemic.

Even without those factors, Baker's sympathetic, humanizing portrait of a White mass murderer as a victim of circumstance should be astonishing, especially given the stark contrast to how law enforcement typically deals with people of color.

And people on Twitter are rightfully incensed.










At the time of his apprehension some 150 miles south of Atlanta, the gunman told law enforcement he was en route to Florida to "do more acts" there.