ATLANTA — On the afternoon of Tuesday, March 16, eight people were killed in a series of three separate shootings by Robert Aaron Long, a 21-year-old white man from Woodstock, Georgia. An employee at the Gold Massage Spa
Long was quick to tell authorities that his motive for the shootings was apparent sex addiction and that he was looking to ‘remove temptation’ by killing the sex workers. However, a witness who recently spoke to Hankook Ilbo, a Korean-Language daily newspaper, offers a different account of events that clearly contradicts what Long told investigators.
The newspaper quotes a man by the name of “Mr. A” who says he was present and on-shift at the time of the shootings. The man says Long entered the establishment before announcing he would “kill all Asians,” before opening fire. The witness quickly fled the business, informing another nearby Korean business who promptly notified police and locked their doors.
Responding police officers shut down multiple lanes of traffic for several hours and ordered multiple nearby Asian businesses to close down for the day, warning of a possible hate crime spree. Six of the eight victims killed by Long were Asian women.
That same evening, officers with the Georgia Highway Patrol arrested Long 200 miles south of Atlanta, taking him into custody and outfitting him with an Anti-Suicide vest. Long has been charged with eight counts of murder and one count of assault and currently remains in custody at the Crisp County Jail.
Last updated on May 5, 2021