Staff Photo: Alice Queen A Norcross man who shot four family members before turning the gun on himself Tuesday was reportedly set to open this spa on West Avenue in Conyers. According to authorities, Jeong Soo Paek wanted to get money out of a family-owned spa in Norcross in order to open his Conyers business.
CONYERS -- A Norcross man who killed four of his family members before turning the gun on himself was apparently angered that he was unable to get money out of a family-owned spa on Buford Highway in order to open his own spa in Conyers.
Norcross Police Department Chief Warren Summers said 59-year-old Jeong Soo Paek had borrowed money from another source to open a spa on West Avenue and was trying to get money from the business owned by his family in Norcross. He went to Su Jung Health Sauna on Tuesday, where he shot his two sisters and their husbands before turning the .45 caliber gun on himself.
"He was trying to get money back out of the business here in Norcross to go and open the spa (in Conyers)," Summers said Friday. "Part of the disagreement as we understand it is that they wouldn't give him the money back."
Summers said Paek had borrowed money to open the Conyers spa from someone other than his family members in Norcross. The amount of the loan had not been disclosed, he said.
Summers said Paek had already obtained a business license for Spa World, the business he planned to open in a shopping center on West Avenue, as well as a fire inspection and a sign permit. Signs announcing the opening of the spa were already in place on the store front.
Summers said he was in Conyers Friday morning to gather information about Paek's future business. Summers served as a captain with the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office before his retirement in 2006. He subsequently worked as a prosecutor in the Newton County District Attorney's Office before leaving to take the police chief post in Norcross.
Norcross police identified Paek as the gunman in the quadruple-homicide Thursday. According to reports, Paek went to the spa on Buford Highway Tuesday where he killed his two sisters and their husbands -- Kum Hi Song, 61, Byong Ok Kang, 64, Kum Sook Kim, 57 and Tae Yol Kim, 55.
All four victims had ownership in the spa, which opened in 1998.