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Georgia Sheriff On Asian Spa Shooter: ‘Yesterday Was A Really Bad Day For Him’


Georgia Sheriff On Asian Spa Shooter: ‘Yesterday Was A Really Bad Day For Him’

Captain Jay Baker of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office explained at a press conference on Wednesday that a 21-year-old man accused of killing eight people at three metro Atlanta spas was apparently having a “really bad day” while telling reporters that the crime did not appear to be motivated by the race of the victims.

Baker said that he saw no indications that suspect Robert Aaron Long had racial motivations for the killings that left six Asian people dead.

Long told investigators he frequented the massage parlors he allegedly targeted. Investigators said it’s too early to call the shootings hate crimes.

”During his interview, he gave no indicators that this was racially motivated,” Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Wednesday. “We asked him that specifically and the answer was no.”

“The suspect did take responsibility for the shootings,” Baker explained. “He does claim that it was not racially motivated. He apparently has an issue, what he considers sex addiction and sees these locations as something that allows him to go to these places and it’s a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”

“He was pretty much fed up and kind of at the end of his rope and yesterday was a really bad day for him,” he observed. “And this is what he did.”

Long also told investigators his plan was to drive to Florida and commit similar crimes. But he was caught late Tuesday about 150 miles south of Atlanta, thanks in part to his parents, according to police.

Baker’s remarks sparked outrage online, with Rep. Ted Lieu tweeting: “All of us have experienced bad days. But we don’t go to three Asian businesses and shoot up Asian employees.”


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