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Police apprehend 1 suspect in deadly Atlanta spa shootings ram. Former FBI deputy director: Strong indicator shooter targeted specific group. Multiple dead in separate spa shootings in metro Atlanta. Police say video evidence led them to believe one suspect, Robert Aaron Long, was responsible for all three shootings.
He was arrested on the night of March 16about miles south of Atlanta. Here's what we know so far:. Where did the shootings take place? The first shooting happened shortly before 5 p. That shooting left four dead -- two were pronounced dead at the scene, and two others died at the hospital. One person was also wounded, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said.
Authorities had responded to the scene for reports of a shooting. One person was also found dead at the Aroma Therapy Spa, directly across the street.
The two Atlanta spas are on a stretch of Piedmont Road, just off Interstate About a dozen other spas are located within a mile of Gold Massage and Aroma Therapy. What's known about the victims? Of those who died, six were Asian and two were White, Cherokee County sheriff's officials said in a t news conference with Atlanta police o n March The injured survivor was Elcias R.
Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, authorities said. The four Atlanta victims were: Soon C. Park, 74; Hyun J. Grant, 51; Suncha Kim, 69; and Yong A. Of those four, three died of gunshot wounds to the head, and one died of a gunshot wound to the chest, the medical examiner's office said. Four of those killed were of Korean ethnicity, according to South Korea's foreign ministry, which said it was in contact with its consulate in Atlanta.
What led to Long's arrest? Robert Aaron Long has been arrested in connection with the shooting in Acworth, Georgia, that left four dead Tuesday. Before identifying him, Cherokee County investigators found surveillance video of a suspect near the first scene and published it on social media. Long's family saw the image and helped authorities identify him, Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said March Investigators tracked Long's phone, and Reynolds reached out to authorities in Crisp County, well to the south, to let them know he appeared to be heading in that direction, Reynolds said.
Long's vehicle was spotted, a chase ensued on Interstate 75 in Crisp County, and a state trooper performed a maneuver that sent the SUV out of control, authorities said. Police arrested Long and confiscated a 9mm gun from his vehicle, Cherokee County authorities said. Video evidence -- including that showing Long's vehicle in the area of the Atlanta shootings -- suggests that Long is responsible for the killings in Atlanta, police there said. Long has claimed responsibility for the shootings in Cherokee County and in Atlanta, the Cherokee County sheriff's office said.
He was being held March 17 in Cherokee County on four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault, the sheriff's office said. He is also facing four counts of murder in Atlanta, according to city police. What have officials said about Long's intentions? Authorities have said the motive is under Piedmont massage atlanta.
Long told police he believed he has a sex addiction and that he saw the spas as "a temptation Jay Baker said March We're just not there as of yet," Bryant said March Some public officials have raised concerns that ethnicity had come into play, amid rising concerns nationwide about Piedmont massage atlanta violence during the coronavirus pandemic.
Reports of anti-Asian hate crimes more than doubled during the pandemic, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, Bernardino. The crimes surged amid racist rhetoric during the pandemic; many Asian Americans have been subjected to vitriol about the "China virus" or the "kung flu" -- even those who have never been to Asia.
Acknowledging most of the spa shooting victims were Asian, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said March 17"We know violence against Asian Americans is an issue that's happening around the country; it is unacceptable, it is hateful, and it has to stop. The Atlanta spas were "legally operating businesses" that were not on the authorities' radar, Bottoms said. Long ly had frequented the two Atlanta spas, and he bought the gun used in the shooting the day of the incident, Atlanta Deputy Police Chief Charles Hampton Jr.
Long told investigators the killings were not racially motivated, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said. Where was Long headed before he was arrested? Before he was stopped, Long was headed to Florida "perhaps to carry out additional shootings," Bottoms, the Atlanta mayor, said March 17citing investigators.
Long told investigators he was headed to Florida and was "going to do more acts" there, Cherokee County Sheriff's Capt. What have Long's relatives or acquaintances said about him? Long spent time in rehabilitation for sexual addiction last year, a former roommate told CNN on March The roommate, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he lived with Long for several months in summer at a transition house for people exiting rehab.
He declined to identify the transition house or say which state it was in. Long didn't talk about his addiction, the roommate said, but had seemed to be doing better by the time he left the transition house. The roommate said he hadn't been in contact with Long "in a long time. Long seemed to have "self-hatred," the roommate said. But overall, he said, Long seemed kind and often cooked food for his friends. The roommate also said he "never heard him say anything racial. Tyler Bayless said he shared a housing unit with Piedmont massage atlanta at Maverick Recovery, a rehab facility in Roswell, Georgia, between August and February He said Long was a "deeply religious person -- he would often go on tangents about his interpretation of the Bible" and was distraught about his addiction to sex.
Bayless said that on multiple occasions during his stay at the facility, Long told him that he had "relapsed" and "gone to massage parlors explicitly to engage in sex acts. Long "may have frequented some of these places in the past," Reynolds said, referring to the shooting sites.
It's not clear whether any of the three businesses offered sexual services in addition to massages. But authorities have given no indication any of the sites was operating illegally. Long's grandfather interrupted the conversation, saying they'd been told not to speak.Piedmont massage atlanta
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