Atlanta spa shooter charged with 8 counts of murder and police identify four of victims
21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in Atlanta spas shootings that left 8 people dead, including sic Asian American women, have charged with eight counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault, authorities said on Wednesday.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said, Long confessed that the murders were driven by “sex addition” apart from the earlier suspected racial motives amid an uptick in Attacks on Asian Americans. However, police are still searching into hate crime while the investigation is ongoing.
“We’re just not there as of yet,” Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said.
The Atlanta shooter Robert Long committed a hate crime and I have some serious questions about why the Cherokee County Sheriff is so quick to say it’s not a hate crime. https://t.co/c8iC7HkvzV— Trinity Always Saves Her Receipts (@TrinityMustache) March 17, 2021
According to police, Long planned more shootings and planned to go to Florida.
NEW: Georgia authorites say tracking cell phone led police to Robert Long.— Pervaiz Shallwani (@Pervaizistan) March 17, 2021
Authorities released the names of Long’s victims in Cherokee County:
- Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth
- Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta
- Xiaojie Yan, 49, of Kennesaw
- Daoyou Feng, 44, (unknown address)
Rest In Peace,— Jollene ???????? (@jollenelevid) March 17, 2021
- Delaina Ashley Yuan, 33, of Acworth
- Paul Andre Michels, 54, Atlanta
- Xiaojie Yan, 49, Kennesaw
- Daoyou Feng, 44
4 of the Atlanta shooting victims in Cherokee County were confirmed to be Korean, Korean-American. We mourn with the diaspora. #StopAsianHate
Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth was injured.
In meantime, the social media blasted with what people call injustice, comparing Robert Long to George Floyd. The dub Long a “privileged white” who is alive in custody for killing eight people while Floyd was killed at the scene over a grocery dispute.
George Floyd was killed over a $20 grocery dispute. Robert Long, a privileged white man, killed 8 Asian women in a cross-state tour in Georgia. He is alive and is receiving 3 hot meals a day. Fascinating. pic.twitter.com/EqdEJgB1KS— ???? (@88rangerr) March 17, 2021
One of these men was unarmed & had committed no crime. The other had just committed mass murder with a firearm & fled in a car.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) March 17, 2021
Guess which one police shot and killed, and which one they arrested alive?
There are two Americas.#RashardBrooks#AtlantaShooting pic.twitter.com/ddGV2hnUfX