Who is Robert Aaron Long?
Robert Aaron Long is the suspect who is reportedly accused of shooting five people at a spa in Woodstock, Cherokee County, Georgia, and Atlanta officials said it is “extremely likely” he opened fire at two more spas about an hour later. The 3 shootings left eight people dead.
According to reports, six of the victims were Asian, and police are investigating whether the shootings were fueled by a racist motive. However, Long has been described as a quiet, religious person who loved guns and hunting.
#BREAKING: 21-year-old Robert Aaron Long, the accused gunman in today’s Cherokee County spa shooting, has been apprehended in Crisp County, Georgia. The news comes as officials announce a fourth person has died: https://t.co/1spPrt8Hco pic.twitter.com/XnUnsUhWcw
— AJC (@ajc) March 17, 2021
How old is Robert Aaron Long?
Robert Aaron Long is 21 years old as of the year 2021.
Atlanta: Robert Aaron Long Shooting
According to the Deputies, Long entered Young’s Asian Massage Parlor along Georgia Highway 92 and opened fire at about 5 pm, shooting five people and killing four of them in Woodstock, an Atlanta suburb near Acworth. The FBI is also involved with the investigation.
Surveillance footage showed Long fleeing the scene of Young’s Asian Massage Parlor.
The photo of the suspect was released from a massage parlor in the Atlanta suburb of Woodstock, which occurred earlier in the day on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. In Atlanta, two shootings occurred within minutes at two separate spas across the street from one another about an hour after the Woodstock shooting.
Atlanta Police were in discussions with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office about the shootings and working to determine whether one shooter or multiple shooters was involved, they said during a brief press conference. They later said it was – Long – the shooter at all three locations.
Robert Aaron Long Footage
Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the shooting scene at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor to find three people dead and two others injured. One of those injured people died later at the hospital, Jay Baker of the sheriff’s office told 11 Alive News.
Robert Aaron Long Victims
Two of them were Asian women, one was a White woman and one was a White man, Baker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The fifth victim, who was taken to the hospital, was a Hispanic man. Officials did not immediately release an update on his condition.
The victims’ names have not been released.
Robert Aaron Long Georgia
Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock described Long’s apprehension during a press conference shortly after he was taken into custody. Georgia State Patrol and the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office received a tip at about 8 p.m. that Long was driving down the interstate and headed into the county.
Troopers and deputies stationed along the interstate and contacted Long at about 8:30 p.m. Law enforcement performed a pursuit-intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, to stop the vehicle, “which caused the vehicle to spin out of control.”
“The suspect was taken into custody without incident at mile marker 93 in Crisp County, and transported to the Crisp County Jail,” Hancock said.
What You Don’t Know About Robert Aaron Long
Long was described as a religious person by a former classmate at Sequoyah High. The 21-year-old graduated in 2017. The classmate said Long’s dad was a pastor, and he had seemed “innocent” and “nerdy.” “He was very innocent-seeming and wouldn’t even cuss,” the classmate told The Daily Beast.
He was sorta nerdy and didn’t seem violent from what I remember. He was a hunter and his father was a youth minister or pastor. He was big into religion.”
Robert Aaron Long Facebook
A Facebook post that has now been deleted included testimony from Long at his baptism in 2018. He said it was the second time he had been baptized.
“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”.
He continues, saying he attended a youth group in seventh grade where he heard the Biblical story about the prodigal son.
“The son goes off and squanders all that he has and lives completely for himself and then when he finds he’s wanting to eat pig food, he realized there’s something wrong and he goes back to his father and his father runs back to him and embraces him. And by the grace of God, I was able to draw the connection there and realize this is a story between what happened with me and God. I ran away living completely for myself, and he still wants me, and so that’s when I was saved”.
Long used his middle name, Aaron.
“We had the joy of witnessing the baptism of Aaron Long yesterday!,” the church wrote in the now-deleted Facebook post.
Robert Aaron Long Instagram
Long was also involved with the church’s Student Ministry Team as recently as 2018, according to minutes from a meeting of the elders. He was one of 11 people who served as team members, which “exists to see students receive Jesus Christ as Lord, and walk-in Him, being rooted in the faith.”
The Daily Beast reported an Instagram account that “appeared to belong” to Long professed his love of God and guns.
“Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God. This pretty much sums up my life. It’s a pretty good life,” a tagline for the account said.