Who is Atlanta Spa shooting suspect Robert Long?

AUTHORITIES have arrested a suspect after at least eight people were killed in shootings at three spas in Atlanta.

The shootings that took place on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, started at at a Cherokee County massage parlor about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta, followed by the other two at spas across the street from each other in northeast Atlanta.

Who is Robert Long?

According to Cherokee County Sheriff's spokesperson Howard J Baker, cops were able to arrest a suspect the same night after a car chase.

Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock, 21, was apprehended in Crisp County about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

According to the Daily Beast, the 21-year-old was quite religious and had a fascination with guns but never seemed violent.

What happened in Atlanta?

At least eight people were killed in shootings in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

All shooting victims appear to be mainly Asian women, including six of the eight dead, cops said.

Of the eight dead, seven were women and one a man, added officials.

The first shooting took place at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, followed by shootings at the Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa in Atlanta.

In the first shooting, two Asian women, one white woman and a white man were killed while three Asian women were then gunned down at Gold Spa, before an Asian woman was shot dead at Aromatherapy Spa. 

Around 5 pm cops responded to reports of a shooting at Young’s Asian Massage, off Bells Ferry Road and Highway 92 in Acworth.

Upon arriving at the scene they found five people with gunshot wounds and three people were taken to a hospital, where two of them died.

Meanwhile, police found three people dead after responding to a call of a robbery at Gold Massage Spa on Piedmont Road around 5:50 pm and a fourth person at Aromatherapy Spa across the street.

Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said all four victims were female, and "it appears that they may be Asian".

What has Robert Long been accused of?

After the shooting cops were on a hunt for a suspect driving a dark-colored SUV.

The suspect was caught by surveillance video pulling up to the business around 4:50pm.

After sharing surveillance photographs on Facebook and asking for the public's help in identifying the man, officers were able to track down and arrest 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long.

He was apprehended in Crisp County about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

It is believed the gunman drove more than 30 miles from Young's massage parlor and targeted the two other businesses north of the city in the suburb of Woodland Hills. 

Although Baker said the motive of the shooting is unclear, officials from all jurisdictions say they are "very confident" that the same suspect was behind all three shootings. 

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