Atlanta Spa Shooter Charged With Domestic Terrorism

Robert Aaron Long, who in March went on a shooting spree in Atlanta, Georgia, will be charged with domestic terrorism, prosecutors announced on Tuesday. They are also seeking the death penalty and additional hate crimes charges.

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Police had initially said that the attack was motivated by Long’s addiction to sex, FOX 5 Atlanta reported at the time. New evidence uncovered by investigators, however, tells a much darker story.

Long is facing 19 separate indictments – four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of domestic terrorism – for the unprovoked attacks.

“A Fulton County grand jury indicted Robert Aaron Long, 22, in the March 16 slayings of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63. The indictment only covers those four killings that happened at two spas in Atlanta, and not the attack in Cherokee County in which Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54, were killed,” reported the Associated Press.

“Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis also filed notice that she intends to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty against Long, who is white. The hate crime charges are based on actual or perceived race, national origin, sex and gender, according to online records. Georgia’s new hate crimes law does not provide for a stand-alone hate crime. After a person is convicted of an underlying crime, a jury must determine whether it’s a hate crime, which carries an additional penalty,” AP said.

Read AP’s full report here.

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