America was outraged and heartbroken once again on Tuesday, as a young man in the northwest suburbs of Atlanta went on a killing spree.
At first, authorities speculated that this may have been a hate crime, as it appeared that the perpetrator had targeted Asian women in massage spas both in the suburbs and Atlanta proper over the course of several hours.
Now, as a motivation and confession come barreling out of the story, it turns out that concerns about this being a hate crime may have been premature.
The Cherokee County Sheriff said the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, 21, of Woodstock, claimed the shootings were not racially motivated. The sheriff described it as “targets of opportunity” and said Long told investigators he wanted to “eliminate the temptation.”
Channel 2′s Chris Jose learned that Long allegedly targeted businesses that he had been to before.
A total of eight people were killed and another was injured in Tuesday’s shootings in Atlanta and Cherokee County. The FBI has now joined in the investigation.
White House officials tell Channel 2 Action News that President Biden has been briefed on the “horrific” shootings and officials “have been in touch with the Mayor’s office and will remain in touch with the FBI.”
Authorities were concerned about the possibility of this being a hate crime, in part because of an increase in the number of instances of anti-Asian harassment in response to the coronavirus crisis.
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