The Georgia sheriff's official who said Atlanta spa shooter Robert Aaron Long had "a bad day" previously shared an anti-Asian post on Facebook.
Long, 21, is charged with killing eight people - including six Asian women - during a shooting spree at three massage parlors in Atlanta and Cherokee County on Tuesday.
He was captured 3 1/2 hours later when a Georgia State Trooper performed a PIT maneuver on his Hyundai SUV and took him into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.
Cherokee Sheriff's Captain Jay Baker held a press conference on Wednesday in Atlanta, where he stated it was too early to determine if Long's actions were motivated by race.
Baker angered many nationwide when he said Long had "a really bad day" on Tuesday.
Some reporters believed Baker sounded sympathetic toward the shooter. So they did a little digging into his background and uncovered a Facebook post that took a dig at China where many believe the coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan.
The post shows images of t-shirts and a t-shirt shop. The black t-shirts are printed with biomedical hazard signs and the words "Covid-19 IMPORTED VIRUS FROM CHY-NA."
Capt. Baker captioned the post: "Love my shirt [username redacted]! Get yours while they last..."
Baker did not respond to Buzzfeed News's request for a comment.
Crimes against Asians have risen 160% in America since the coronavirus reached America's shores in February 2020.
Liberals blame former President Donald Trump for insisting on referring to the coronavirus as "Wuhan virus," "China virus," and "Kung Flu.”