The alleged gunman, who shot dead three spas in the Atlanta area, killing eight people, including six Asian women, may have “visited” some of the locations and was “sex addicted”. This was announced on Wednesday.
In an interview with investigators, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long did not state that the rampage on Tuesday was racially motivated – instead, according to WSB-TV, he suggested choosing salons he was familiar with, authorities said during a press conference With.
“We were able to interview him with the Atlanta Police and the FBI,” said Frank Reynolds, Cherokee County sheriff. “He gave indications that he has some problems, possibly sexual addiction, and may have visited some of these places in the past.”
However, police said they are still not ruling out the possibility that it was a hate crime.
Long, of Woodstock, was arrested in connection with the shootings that began Tuesday night at Youngs Asian massage parlor in Acworth.
Five people were shot dead in the spa, four of whom later died.
About an hour later, at the Gold Spa near the Buckhead suburb of Atlanta, police found three women who had died from gunshot wounds.
While officers were responding to the scene, they received a call at the Aromatherapy Spa across the street and found another woman shot dead, authorities said.
The violence was the latest in a wave of attacks against Asian Americans since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
With postal wires