Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered flags to be lowered Thursday to half-staff in honor of the victims who were shot and killed in Atlanta earlier this week.
According to a report from USA Today, the gunman — identified as Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia — opened fire Tuesday evening on three Atlanta-area spas, killing mostly women of Asian descent.
Investigators there said it was too soon to determine whether the shootings were a hate crime. However, authorities said Long indicated he committed the shootings because of a sex addiction.
Long faces a total of eight murder charges and one count of assault in connection the shootings.
Sisolak’s executive order aligns with President Joe Biden’s proclamation ordering U.S. flags to be lowered until sunset on March 22.
“Kathy and I are sending thoughts to the families, friends and loved ones lost in this tragedy,” Sisolak said in a news release. “We stand with the Asian American community in the face of hate. Nevada has one of the largest Asian American and Pacific Islander populations in the nation and we must double down on our efforts to revers the hate and stop the violence toward this population.”
An estimated 3,800 incidents of hate, discrimination or attacks on Asian Americans have been reported from March 2020 through February 2021, according to Stop AAPI Hate, a group that tracks acts of discrimination and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The shootings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.
Marcella Corona is a reporter covering local underrepresented communities in Northern Nevada. Support her work by subscribing to RGJ.com.