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Massage parlor massacre suspect said he loved guns and god
Photo illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos Cherokee Sheriff’s Office ATLANTA – A Georgia man who professed guns and God was in custody Tuesday night after a series of shootings police alleged had Asian women in massage parlors attacked and killed eight people Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, Georgia, was videotaped at the scene and later caught on a freeway two hours south of Atlanta after being followed by police. Police stressed it was too early to announce a motive – but at least four of those killed were of Korean descent, and the horrific attacks come amid a wave of targeted violence against the Asian-American community. A lot of details about the suspect, who had his middle name, gave little clues: “Pizza, guns, drums, music, family and God. That sums up my life pretty well. It’s a pretty good life, ”read the slogan on an Instagram account that seemed to belong to Long. A student who graduated from Sequoyah High with Long in 2017 and spoke on condition of anonymity told The Daily Beast: “He seemed very innocent and wouldn’t even curse. He was a bit nerdy and didn’t seem violent as far as I remember. He was a hunter and his father was a youth minister or pastor. He was a big fan of the religion. “Crisp County Sheriff’s Office The rampage began at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth, Cherokee County, where two people were killed, another person died on their way to a nearby hospital, and one died while on treatment, according to the sheriff’s office . The victims were two Asian women, a white woman and a white man, according to the Atlanta Journal’s constitution. A Spanish man was also injured in the shooting and was taken to hospital for medical treatment, a sheriff spokesman said. About an hour later and 30 miles away, gunfire ravaged two spas on the same street in Atlanta – Gold Spa and one at the Aroma Therapy Spa – and four Asian women were killed. Officials had just arrived at one of the spas to find the victim when they were called to the second. “While at [the first location] We received another call from the street of the fired gunshots and answered to find another single shot in that location, “Atlanta police chief Rodney N. Bryant told reporters. Although details of the Acworth victims were not revealed, Bryant said, “It appears that all of them [Atlanta] The victims are female “and” it appears that they are Asian. “Several people were killed in shootings in two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs, including many women of Asian origin, the authorities said on Tuesday. Brynn Anderson / AP Two men who live directly across from the Gold Massage Spa and refused to give their names said their neighbors asked them about the incident around 6:15 p.m. They said the area is very diverse but the spa is known to be an Asian owned company. “I think this is the worst shooting since 1999,” one of the men told The Daily Beast. “There was a shooting back then where a man went through his office and killed a lot of people and he killed his family. I think that was 12 people so this is the worst since I’ve been here. “Bryant declined to say if police believe the Georgia shooting Tuesday was a hate crime, saying,” We can’t make that decision just yet. “Cherokee County Sheriff’s Captain Jay Baker told reporters,” Nothing is ruled out. Wherever the investigation takes us, that is where we will go. Atlanta police said the video surveillance of Long’s car in all three massage parlors captured Tuesday night made it “extremely likely” that he was the prime suspect in all three shootings, a pursuit intervention technique in which police force another car sideways plow and stop. Long’s family did not respond to comments. His youth pastor at Crabapple First Baptist Church confirmed he was the suspect and said the elders would issue a statement. A 2018 video on the Crabapple Facebook page shows Long talking about his Christian journey to baptism. “As many of you may remember, when I was 8 years old I thought I would become a Christian and was baptized at that time. And I remember a lot of my friends in my Sunday school class doing that, “says Long in the clip.” And after that time there was no fruit from the root that is our salvation. “When he was in seventh grade, he attended a youth group and a speaker discussed the biblical story of the prodigal son.” The son goes and wastes everything he has and lives all to himself and when he finds himself eating pork feed wants, he realizes that something is wrong and goes back to his father and his father runs back to him and hugs him. And by the grace of God I was able to make the connection there and see that this is a story between what happened to me and God. I ran away and lived all to myself and he still wants me and then I was saved. “The FBI joined the investigation late Tuesday and President Biden was also briefed on the massacres. South Korea-based Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken mentioned the killings before a meeting with officials said, “We are appalled at this violence that has no place in America or anywhere else,” he said, according to the Associated Press. President Joe Biden recently condemned the surge in hate crimes, which included a brazen, fatal attack on an 84-year-old from Thailand who was killed during a morning walk in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Asia-Pacific congressional caucus said it was “appalled” at the news of the shootings “at a time when we are already seeing a surge in anti-Asian violence.” The nonprofit Asian American Advancing Justice – Atlanta released a statement saying the group was “rocked” by the shootings. “Now is the time to hold the victims and their families in our hearts and with light.” – Jose Pagliery and Will Bredderman contributed to the coverage. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories to your inbox every day. Sign up now! 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