Law enforcement officials said there was not enough conclusive evidence to conclude that the suspect responsible for killing eight people at three different spas in the Atlanta area could be charged with a federal hate crime.
Authorities said the first step in addressing the issue is for the local United States Attorney to monitor the Atlanta office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to begin an investigation of the case.
Despite investigators reviewing electronic devices and conducting interviews, they said no evidence was found to support that the suspect was involved in a hate crime. Due to the lack of supporting evidence, officials have not given a directive, NBC Bay Area reported.
On Wednesday, authorities charged the suspect for the murder of eight people. The victims included six Asian women. The man was identified to be white.