Did money problems prompt shooting spree at Norcross spa? - CBS46 News

Did money problems prompt shooting spree at Norcross spa?

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NORCROSS, GA (CBS46) -

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is assisting Norcross police in finding a motive for a shooting spree at a health spa late Tuesday that ended with five people, including the shooter, dead.

According to Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers, officers responded to the Buford Highway spa at about 8:40 p.m.

There was a dispute Tuesday morning between the gunman and his two sisters and their husbands, police said.

The gunman was asked to leave, but came back later that night.

Summers said the shooting was a murder-suicide, some of which was captured on surveillance footage.

"It appears that [the shooter] walked in, had some conversation with one of the victims and the shooting started," said Summers. "Then he goes off camera at some point, and we don't see exactly what went on there. But then he comes back on camera, and we know it's a murder-suicide."

The victims' pastor, Paul Song Kim of Fire in the Eye Korean Baptist Church, told CBS Atlanta News that financial problems were at the center of a dispute among the family who owned the spa.

Police, however, have not confirmed that, but said the dispute was about "various" things.

Police said four people own the spa and one of the owners identified one of the victims as 65-year-old Byung Kang Ok.

"It's so unexpected and unbelievable," said Jon Lee. He said his friend, the owner of the spa, was killed in the shooting spree.

"Just an outstanding gentleman," Lee said of his friend.

There were about 20 other people in the building at the time, but police said they were not necessarily witnesses. Police said they found a .45 caliber handgun at the scene.

Return to CBSAtlanta.com for updates on this developing story.

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