Atlanta-Area Spa Shooter Pleads Not Guilty to Two Shootings in Fulton County

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Robert Aaron Long previously pleaded guilty to four counts of murder for part of the 2020 stampede in Cherokee County

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Mr Long pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and other charges for one of three shootings in Cherokee County in July. He agreed to serve four life sentences and an additional 35 years behind bars without the possibility of parole.

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Of the eight victims, four were Korean and two were Chinese. The killings come amid a rise in hate crimes against Asians in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. The age of the victims ranged from 33 to 74 years.

Mr Long told investigators he targeted massage parlors because he blamed businesses for “providing an outlet for sex addiction,” according to law enforcement. According to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jay Baker, Mr Long has also said the shooting was not motivated by race.

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In the hearing for the first shooting that killed four people in Cherokee County, Cherokee County District Attorney Shannon Wallace said state and local law enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the shootings as possible hate crimes against Asians, But no evidence of bias was found. towards them.

State law alone does not provide for a hate-crime charge. After a person is convicted of an underlying crime, a jury must determine whether it is a hate crime, with additional fines imposed.

Mr Long, 22, hails from Woodstock, a suburb north of Atlanta. After several hours of firing, the police caught him.

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