Robert Aaron Long Wiki – Atlanta Spa Shooting Suspect
A grand jury in Georgia accused the 22-year-old man, who was accused of opening fire at three hot springs in the Atlanta area in March, of killing eight people, including six Asian women.
A Fulton County grand jury charged Robert Aaron Long with murder charges linked to the murder of 69-year-old Suncha Kim on March 16; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63; The indictment only covers four murders that occurred at two hot springs in Atlanta, Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49, in Cherokee County; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and 54-year-old Paul Michels were killed.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis also made a statement that he wanted to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty against Long, who was white. Hate crime charges are based on actual or perceived race, national origin, gender, and gender as per online records. Georgia’s new hate crimes law does not provide for an independent hate crime. After a person has been convicted of an underlying crime, the jury must determine whether it is a hate crime, which requires an additional penalty.
According to online records, the indictment charged Long with four murders, four serious murders, five attacks with five deadly weapons, possession of four firearms while the crime was committed, and a domestic terrorism.
A separate grand jury in Cherokee County will decide on charges of firing on a spa near the suburb of Woodstock, where four people were killed and one injured.
Willis’ decision to receive the death sentence was a deviation from his attitude during last year’s campaign to become district attorney.
At a candidate forum last year, Willis answered yes when he asked the question: “Are you going to refuse to ask for the death penalty?”
Police say they shot dead four people, three of them women and two of Asian descent, at the Youngs Asian Massage near Woodstock just before 5:00 pm. On March 16, investigators shot and wounded a fifth person.
The police then went 30 miles (50 kilometers) south to Atlanta where they shot and killed three women at Gold Spa, then went across the street to Aromatherapy Spa and killed another woman. All of the Atlanta victims were women of Asian descent.
After clashes at two Atlanta spas, the police returned to Long in his car and headed south in the interstate.
Long’s family sought help after recognizing their son from a security video posted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office on social media. They provided mobile phone information that allowed the authorities to track their sons to rural Crisp County, 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of Atlanta.
State soldiers and the sheriff’s aides spotted his SUV on Interstate 75, and one of them crashed into his vehicle, forcing Long to stop. After a long time he surrendered to the authorities.
In his first interview with investigators, Long claimed that he had “sex addiction,” and officials said he was attacking jobs he saw as apparently seductive. But these statements fueled anger and widespread skepticism, given the places and the fact that six of the eight victims were women of Asian descent.