The Latest: Parlor shootings are 6th mass shooting this year
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the Atlanta area shootings where eight people were killed (all times local):
The shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that killed eight is the sixth mass killing this year in the United States and the deadliest since the August 2019 Dayton, Ohio, killing that took nine lives.
That’s according to a database compiled by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University.
The Tuesday shooting follows a lull during the pandemic in 2020 that had the smallest number mass killings in more than a decade. The database tracks mass killings defined as four or more dead, not including the shooter.
Officials said they’re still investigating whether the Georgia killings were hate crimes amid concerns over a wave of attacks on Asian Americans. Six of the victims were Asian and seven were women. Authorities said the the man accused in the shootings told police his act wasn’t racially motivated and that he potentially had a “sex addiction.”
Authorities say the suspect in a series of shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that killed eight was also planning to go to Florida to attack “some type of porn industry.”
Officials didn’t say if the suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, ever went to the parlors where the shootings occurred Tuesday but said he possibly had a sex addiction.
Authorities also said Long was acting alone and that a 9mm handgun was found in his car when he was arrested.
Officials said they are still investigating whether the deaths were hate crimes amid concerns over a wave of attacks on Asian Americans. Six of the victims were Asian and seven were women.
Authorities have released some of the names of the victims who were slain in a series of shootings at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims who died there as: 33-year-old Delaina Ashley Yaun, 54-year-old Paul Andre Michels, 49-year-old Xiaojie Yan and 44-year-old Daoyou Feng.
The sheriff’s office identified an injured person as 30-year-old Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz.
The series of shootings Tuesday at three Atlanta-area massage parlors left eight people dead.
Police arrested a white 21-year-old Georgia man who they say has taken responsibility for the shootings, while denying they were racially motivated, though many of the victims were women of Asian descent.
Instead, officials told reporters Wednesday that Robert Aaron Long said he was a frequent visitor of massage parlors and intended to eliminate the temptation he thought they posed.
Georgia officials say it’s too early to determine whether the shooting that left eight dead at massage parlors in the Atlanta area was a hate crime.
The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, of Woodstock, Georgia, was questioned by officials and authorities said he had frequented parlors in the past and may have a potential “sex addiction.” But officials wouldn’t say whether he’d ever been to the parlors where the shootings took place or if the parlors were places where sex took place.
Long is accused in a series of shootings over nearly an hour at three Atlanta-area massage parlors that left eight people dead and raised fears that the attack was another hate crime against Asian Americans. Officials say he has admitted to the shootings but said they were not racially motivated.
They are still investigating.
The attacks began Tuesday evening, when five people were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor near Woodstock, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of Atlanta. Two people died at the scene, and three were taken to a hospital where two died.
Long was expected to be arraigned Thursday.