Robert Aaron Long, 22, was formally charged with the murder of 8 people on March 16.
Atlanta- A man accused of shooting and killing eight people at three massage parlors in the Atlanta area in March, six of whom were Asian, was charged today with multiple murders, and the prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty.
The Fulton County Grand Jury sued 22-year-old Robert Aaron Long for the murder of 69-year-old Suncha Kim on March 16; 74-year-old Zhongzheng Park; Xuanzhen Grant, 51; the indictment only concerns Atlanta The four murders in the two hot spring baths did not involve the attack in Cherokee County, where 49-year-old Jie “Emily” Tan had murdered. Feng Daoyou, 44 years old; 33-year-old Delaina Yaun and 54-year-old Paul Michels were killed.
Fani Willis, the District Attorney of Fulton County, suggested that she intends to file charges against hate crimes and sentence Long to the death penalty. The notice stated that the hate crime charges were based on the actual or perceived race, nationality, and gender of the four murdered women.
According to court documents, Lang was charged with eight counts of murder of varying degrees, five counts of lethal weapon assault, four counts of felony possession of a gun and one count of family terrorism.
The domestic terrorism indictment stated that Lang attempted to “cause serious personal injury and kill individuals and groups of people” in order to intimidate the civilian population of the state.
Before 5 pm on March 16, at Youngs Asian Massage near Woodstock, four people were killed. Three of them were women and two were Asian. According to investigators, he also shot and wounded a fifth person.
The police said that he then drove about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south to Atlanta, where he shot and killed three women in the Golden Hot Springs, then crossed the road to the Aromatherapy Spa and shot another woman. All the victims in Atlanta are women of Asian descent.
After Long’s parents recognized their son in images posted by the police on social media, they sought help from the authorities. They provided cellphone information that allowed the authorities to trace the suspect to the Crisp County countryside about 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of Atlanta.