The 21-year-old suspect was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Crisp County jail.
Three deadly shootings took place at massage parlors in Atlanta, killing 8 people, police said Tuesday, according to CNN. The attack seemed to be targeted specifically at Asian women, though police say it is too early to announce a motive, per The Daily Beast. Two of the shootings were at spas located across the street from each other in northeast Atlanta. The other happened about 30 miles away in Cherokee County to the northwest of the city.
Eight people were shot dead and one person was wounded during the attack. Deputies were first called to Young's Asian Massage near Acworth, Georgia where they found five people with gunshot wounds. Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three were transported to a hospital, where two died.
BREAKING: A mass shooter in Atlanta shot and killed seven people at multiple area spas, including four people who appear to be Asian women.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 17, 2021
The shooting spree comes amid a rise in racist attacks against Asian Americans. #gapol https://t.co/5GoEVmv2lE
Half an hour later, three people were killed at the Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road. While there, cops received another call from a spa right across the street called the Aroma Therapy Spa, where they found one person dead. Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said all four victims were female, and "It appears that they may be Asian."
Nearly four hours after the killings, the suspect was arrested taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta. "The suspect was taken into custody without incident ... and transported to the Crisp County jail," the official said. The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, and he was promptly caught on camera at the crime scene.
Horrific. Robert Aaron Long, 21, has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed four women at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Atlanta. More shootings took place at two other Asian spas in the area. Police have not yet tied those to Long.https://t.co/AOPJxoHsIk pic.twitter.com/UUDS84VwyO— Jeff Yang (@originalspin) March 17, 2021
Atlanta police said video surveillance of Long’s car at all three massage parlors captured Tuesday night made it “extremely likely” he was the main suspect in all three shootings.
Soon enough, details about the suspect began to offer a few clues. “Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life,” read the caption on an Instagram account that seemed to belong to Long.
A student who graduated from Sequoyah High with Long in 2017 said, “He was very innocent-seeming and wouldn’t even cuss. He was sorta nerdy and didn’t seem violent from what I remember. He was a hunter and his father was a youth minister or pastor. He was big into religion.”
Portrait of a racist, misogynist, pro-gun, murdering #INCEL #RobertAaronLong Robert Aaron Long— Sarah Wyndham (@swindysydney) March 17, 2021
8 killed in metro Atlanta spa shooting spree; suspect captured in South Georgia https://t.co/tC7NRYDeOE pic.twitter.com/13Qfp7Si3u
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker told reporters: “Nothing is going to be ruled out. Wherever the investigation leads us, that’s where we are going to go.”
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