NYPD counterterrorism officers have been dispatched to areas of the city that are home to mostly Asian Americans amid attacks in Georgia, the NYPD counterterrorism division said on Twitter.
“The NYPD Counterterrorism Division is monitoring the situation with the shooting of Asian Americans in Georgia. While there is no known connection (of these events – ed.) to New York City, we are engaging our officers in large Asian neighborhoods throughout the city as a precaution,” the NYPD Counterterrorism Division said in a post on Twitter.
#NYPDCT is monitoring the shooting of Asian Americans in Georgia. While there is no known nexus to #NYC we will be deploying assets to our great Asian communities across the city out of an abundance of caution. #SeeSomethingSaySomething pic.twitter.com/Vl87DPRR8m
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) March 17, 2021
No numbers were given for the number of police officers involved. CBS New York reported that law enforcement officers from the Rapid Response Team had already been deployed to the New York City boroughs of Flushing, Sunset Park and Chinatown in boro Manhattan.
Rodney Bryant, head of police in the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia, previously said that eight people were killed in the shooting at the spas, all of them women and “apparently of Asian descent.”
FOX5 previously reported, citing police, that a shooting occurred at three different spas in the U.S. state of Georgia. The first incident occurred in Cherokee County when an unknown man entered the spa and opened fire. The attack killed four people and injured another. The shooting then occurred at two spas in Atlanta, killing three women in one salon and injuring another.
Shortly after the incident, law enforcement was able to apprehend a suspect in the Cherokee County shooting.