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Atlanta spa shooter who targeted Asian women pleads guilty to four counts of murder 

This booking photo provided by the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office shows Robert Aaron Long on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. Long was arrested as a suspect in the fatal shootings of multiple people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors, most of them women of Asian descent, authorities said.

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A Georgia man has pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four murder charges related to the shootings at three metro Atlanta spas last March.

Robert Aaron Long is accused of killing eight people in the shootings, six of whom are of Asian descent, that took place in Cherokee County and Atlanta.

Long entered a guilty plea with the Cherokee County District Attorney’s office. His legal team negotiated for a plea of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The 22-year-old could still face execution in Atlanta if convicted of murdering four others at two spas there.

The shootings occurred on March 16. Police have said that Long shot and killed four people, three of them women and two of Asian descent, at Young’s Asian Massage in Cherokee County just before 5 p.m. A fifth person was also shot and wounded, according to investigators. 

Long then drove south to Atlanta, where he shot and killed three women at Gold Spa before going across the street to Aromatherapy Spa and fatally shooting another woman, according to police. 

In initial interviews with investigators, Long claimed to have a “sex addiction.” Authorities said he allegedly lashed out at the spa businesses that he viewed as a sexual temptation. 

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