2021 Atlanta spa shootings

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On March 16, 2021, a shooting spree occurred at three spas or massage parlors in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Eight people were killed and one other person was wounded.

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2021 Atlanta spa shootings
Part of mass shootings in the United States
Young's Asian Massage parlor (second from right), where the first shooting took place (pictured 2018)
LocationAtlanta and unincorporated Cherokee County, Georgia, United States
DateMarch 16, 2021 (2021-03-16)
c. 4:50 p.m. EDT (20:50 UTC)
TargetSpas and massage parlors
Attack type
Mass shooting, shooting spree
Weapons9mm semi-automatic pistol
PerpetratorRobert Aaron Long[1]
SentenceFour consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 35 years (Cherokee County)
MotiveConflict between the perpetrator's sex addiction and his religious beliefs
VerdictPleaded guilty in Cherokee County murders
Fulton County trial pending
ConvictionsMalice murder (x4), felony murder (x4), aggravated assault (x4), and 11 other convictions (Cherokee County)
ChargesDomestic terrorism, malice murder (x4), felony murder (x4), aggravated assault (x4), and 6 other related charges (Fulton County)[2]

A suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, was taken into custody later that day.[3] He told police he was motivated by a sexual addiction that was at odds with his Christianity, for which he had spent time in an evangelical treatment clinic, and that he had been targeting establishments where he had previously paid for sex. While six of the eight people killed were women of Asian descent, Long denied that their race had played any role in the killings.[4]

Long was charged with 19 crimes in Fulton County and 23 crimes in Cherokee County. He pleaded guilty to the Cherokee County charges and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.