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Police search for motive after 5 killed at Norcross spa

Police tape blocks the entrance to the Su Jung Health Sauna in Norcross, Ga., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, where a gunman opened fire Tuesday evening, killing five people in what authorities described as a murder-suicide. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

Police tape blocks the entrance to the Su Jung Health Sauna in Norcross, Ga., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, where a gunman opened fire Tuesday evening, killing five people in what authorities described as a murder-suicide. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

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Su Jung Health Sauna

Su Jung Health Sauna

NORCROSS — Five people were killed at a Norcross spa late Tuesday night in what police believe was a murder-suicide.

Norcross police were called to the scene at the Su Jung Health Sauna at 6005 Buford Highway at about 8:40 p.m. Investigators say they believe about 20 people were inside when the barrage of gunfire began.

Capt. Brian Harr said that four victims were found deceased inside, and that another was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center before being pronounced dead. Police described the dead as three men and two women.

Surveillance video shows a man walking into the spa and getting into an argument with someone, then opening fire, police said.

"It appears he walked in, had some conversation with one of the victims and the shooting started," Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers said.

Investigators had finished interviewing witnesses Wednesday morning, Harr said. He described the shootings as "not random."

"It's probably domestic-related," Harr said, adding that more information would likely be released later Wednesday.

"I think it happened so quickly that a lot of the people didn't realize what happened, and then it was over," he said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation joined the probe, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.

"We actually sent two crime scene specialists, given the situation out there with the number of people who were shot and killed," Bankhead said.

He said investigators were using 3-D technology that was designed for architecture and construction jobs and is now being used in some investigations to recreate crime scenes.

Tuesday’s events pushed the murder count within Norcross city limits to five in February alone. The alleged robbery-motivated killing of 15-year-old Nick Jackson on Feb. 4 was the first homicide in Norcross in more than two years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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