Suspect Arrested After Eight People Killed at Three Different Spas in Atlanta
A shooting at three Atlanta-area spas on the evening of March 16 left eight people dead.
The first attack began around 5 p.m. at a massage parlor in Acworth, Georgia, where five people were shot, leaving four dead.
An hour later, four women were killed in two Atlanta spas.
Six of the eight victims were Asian women who died of gunshot wounds.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker said police arrested a suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, after a chase and said he took responsibility for the shootings.
Police said it was too early to declare a motive for the shootings on Wednesday morning. However, Capt. Baker told reporters that the suspect claims the shooting was not racially motivated, but instead due to a a sex addiction he has.
“The suspect did take responsibility for the shootings, he said that early on once we began the interviews with him. He claims that these, and as the chief said, it’s still early, but he does claim that it was not racially motivated,” Baker said.
“He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places, and it’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”
Long is a member of Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton, Georgia, and is very close to his religion.
Long’s parents contacted police to identify their son after images of the suspect were released on social media.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said that Long was headed to Florida when he was arrested.
Police said Long might have been planning to pursue more shootings in Florida.