Fani Willis declares Atlanta Spa Shootings as Hate Crimes

Tuesday afternoon, Robert Aaron Long, 22, was formally indicted in Fulton County on murder charges for the four killings at two spas in Buckhead. In a court filing, Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, said Mr. Long had targeted the four victims in Atlanta, all of whom were women of Asian descent, because of their race, national origin, […]

This handout booking photo released by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office on March 16, 2021, shows 21-year-old shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long. – Eight people were killed in shootings at three different spas in the US state of Georgia on March 16 and a 21-year-old male suspect was in custody, police and local media reported, though it was unclear if the attacks were related. (Photo by: Crisp County Sheriff’s Office)
Tuesday afternoon, Robert Aaron Long, 22, was formally indicted in Fulton County on murder charges for the four killings at two spas in Buckhead. In a court filing, Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, said Mr. Long had targeted the four victims in Atlanta, all of whom were women of Asian descent, because of their race, national origin, sex, and gender. The women killed in Atlanta were Soon Chung Park, 74; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; and Hyun Jung Grant, 51.
The indictment charges Long with 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, according to online records.
Long was previously charged at a Cherokee County court in Woodstock for the four other killings less than 60 minutes before the Atlanta attacks.
Long’s parents called law enforcement after they recognized their son in photographs and security video.
Willis declared her intent to seek a hate crime conviction and the death penalty.
This is a developing story. More updates to come.



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