Demonstrations protesting violence against Asian Americans erupted in multiple cities on Wednesday after a shooting spree in Atlanta left eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women.

In Washington, D.C., approximately 200 people gathered in the citys Chinatown neighborhood, according tomultiple reports. Demonstrators held a vigil and marched and chanted through the city, carrying signs that said Asian Lives Matter and more.

Meanwhile, in Washington DC: Protesters have gathered in Chinatown to

philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 17, 2021

The #StopAsianHate protest organized by @tlcollectivedc is on the move. Its left Penn Quarter & is now at the convention center at 9th & NY NW. (@wusa9)

John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) March 18, 2021

I am angry. Im furious, Janet Namkung, who attended the vigil, told NBC4 in Washington. I know people who have been called all kinds of slurs, fearing their lives on the streets every day. 

In New York City, hundreds of people gathered in Jackson Heights, Queens, an area home to a large Asian-American population, to hold a vigil and demonstrate against a spike in violence against Asian American individuals, The New York Times reported.

Members of the group held candles and gave tearful speeches, according to the Times, in addition to chanting Stop the hate. 

Angélica Acevedo, a reporter in Queens, shared photos and video of the vigil on Twitter. 

Dozens gathered at Diversity Plaza tonight in a vigil to mourn the 8 victims, 6 of whom were Asian American women, of last nights mass shooting in Atlanta, and to condemn the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes.

Angélica M. Acevedo (@angacevedo15) March 18, 2021

Chuck Park, a Jackson Heights resident, said hes scared for his family. He spoke about his parents, whove owned a store on 74th St for 35 years, coming home w/ stories of assault.

Park also brought flowers for people to share w/ sex workers and small biz owners in the area.

Angélica M. Acevedo (@angacevedo15) March 18, 2021

In Atlanta, memorials were set up outside the massage parlors where the shootings occurred earlier this week, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. 

Cherokee County, Ga. resident Cindy Anderson placed a plant outside of one of the massage parlors, Youngs Asian Massage, telling the newspaper that the deaths in the shooting weighed on her heart.

 Theyre our neighbors and they deserved better than this, she said, through tears. These people were just coming to work yesterday, just like they do every day of the week.

Atlanta police on Wednesday said it was too early to determine whether the shootings at massage parlors in the city constitute a hate crime.

The suspected gunman, Robert Aaron Long, who is white, claimed the attacks were not racially motivated, according to authorities, adding that the 21-year-old suspect said he has a “sexual addiction.”

A recent study from California State Universitys Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism showed that hate crimes against Asian Americans in 16 of the countrys largest cities spiked nearly 150 percent in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate said Tuesday that it had received nearly 3,800 reports of hate incidents against Asian Americans over the last year. 

President BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Forget about comity in CongressBorder surge scrambles Senate immigration debateGOP looks to measures barring trans athletes to rally votersMORE last week condemned vicious hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during a prime-time address marking the one-year anniversary of pandemic restrictions in the U.S.

“It’s wrong. It’s un-American. And it must stop,” Biden said.