Eight people are now dead. Six of those victims are Asian women. “Subject was arrested after a high speed chase and brought into custody unharmed”
Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed in shootings at three different massage parlors in Atlanta and Acworth, Georgia, on Tuesday, according to local police.
A male suspect, Robert Aaron Long, was arrested and authorities are “very confident” he is responsible for all three shootings, according to Captain Jay Baker from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities said it was not immediately clear if the Asian women were the targets of the shooting and did not offer a motive for the attack.
BREAKING NEWS: 21-year-old Robert Long, the accused gunman in today's Cherokee County spa shooting, was just captured in Crisp County, Georgia. We're working to get more information about his arrest. LIVE updates on WSB Tonight at 11 p.m. LATEST >> https://t.co/36djqKNlHz pic.twitter.com/wscOX4rcgf
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Details about the suspect that began to trickle out offered few clues.
“Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life,” read the tagline on an Instagram account that appeared to belong to Long.
A student who graduated from Sequoyah High with Long in 2017 who spoke on the condition of anonymity told The Daily Beast, “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.”
Four more people were killed at two other spas in Atlanta, authorities say. Investigators are trying to determine whether the shootings are connected. https://t.co/yV7CLGAVqq
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 17, 2021
“It does appear that it’s the same suspect,” Capt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee sheriff’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. https://t.co/dOCA0CjLir
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) March 17, 2021