Robert Aaron Long is a white man from Georgia, United States. He was the man behind a series of shootings at three massage parlors in Georgia on March 16, 2021.
Earlier that day, Long bought a gun from Big Woods Goods, a sporting goods store in Holly Springs, Cherokee County, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Just before 5:00 p.m., he fired at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County.
Two people were found dead on the scene while three injured victims were rushed to the hospital where two later died. The victims were three Asian women, a white man and a Hispanic man.
At around 5:45 p.m., Long fired at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa, which are both on Piedmont Road in Atlanta, Georgia, killing three women were killed at Gold Spa and another woman at Aromatherapy Spa. All victims were Asian.
At around 8:30 p.m., Long was arrested without incident in Crisp County, Georgia by deputies from the Crisp County Sheriff Office and state troopers. He was driving a dark four-door Hyundai Tucson.
A 9mm firearm was recovered from the car when Long was arrested. During the manhunt, a state trooper performed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) maneuver to cause the vehicle to spin out of control.
Long was held in the Crisp County Detention Center in Cordele, Crisp County before he was extradited to Cherokee County. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He lives in Woodstock, Cherokee County, Georgia. (a)
- In the tagline of his Instagram account, which has been deactivated, he wrote, “Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life.” (b)
- In 2017, he graduated from Sequoyah High School in Hickory Flat, Cherokee County. A former Sequoyah High School classmate described him as a very innocent hunter who was sort of nerdy and big into religion. (b)
- He attended the Crabapple First Baptist Church in Milton, Fulton County, Georgia with his younger sister and their parents. (b)(c)
- In a video posted in 2018 on Crabapple First Baptist Church’s Facebook page, he said, “As many of you may remember, when I was 8 years old I thought I was becoming a Christian, and got baptized during that time and I remember a lot of the reason for that is a lot of my friends in my Sunday school class were doing that and after that time, there wasn’t any fruit from the root that is our salvation.” (b)
- In 2018, he was one of the 11 members of the Student Ministry Team of the Crabapple First Baptist Church. (d)
- When he was in seventh grade, he attended a youth group where a speaker discussed the biblical story of the prodigal son, according to him. (b)
- In 2019, his parents reported him missing when he ran off with his girlfriend. He told his parents via a text message that he wanted a fresh start so he was not returning home. (e)
- From late 2019 to early 2020, he lived Maverick Recovery, an Atlanta halfway house for recovering addicts. He was a deeply religious man who had been treated for sex addiction and frequented massage parlors for explicitly sexual activity, according to his former roommate Tyler Bayless. (f)
- He was 21 years old when he was arrested on March 16, 2021. He told authorities that his actions were not racially motivated and that he had a sexual addiction. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office‘s Captain Jay Baker explained, “These locations, he sees them as an outlet for him, something that he shouldn’t be doing. He was attempting to take out that temptation.” After his arrest, he told authorities that he was supposed to go to Florida, USA to shoot at “some type of porn industry” there. (a)(e)
- On March 17, 2021, he was charged with four counts of murder and one count of assault in the shooting in Cherokee County. (e)
- In July 2021, he entered a plea that allowed him to avoid going to trial in Cherokee County. (g)
- On September 28, 2021, he appeared in court in Atlanta and allowed one of his lawyers to enter his not guilty plea on his behalf. (g)
(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)