Robert Aaron Long, the suspected culprit of shootings at three Atlanta spas, has confessed to the crime, NPR reports.
Long, 21, was taken into custody Tuesday night, according to CNN. Around 8:30 p.m. EST, highway patrol about 150 miles south of Atlanta were told that a suspect in the spa shootings was headed their way.
Highway patrol chased Long down Interstate 75, eventually taking him into custody.
“The suspect was taken into custody without incident … and transported to the Crisp County jail,” the official said, according to CNN.
Six of the eight victims were Asian women, but police insist that Long’s motive remains unclear.
Long claims that his actions were not racially motivated. He told police that “may have frequented some of these places in the past,” according to Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds, NPR reports. He also claimed he suffers from sex addiction.
“He does claim that it was not racially motivated,” Capt. Jay Baker of the sheriff’s office said, according to NPR. “He apparently has an issue, what he considers a sex addiction, and sees these locations … [as] a temptation for him that he wanted to eliminate.”
Many people are not satisfied with the polices’ insistence that it is too early to tell if the shootings were racially motivated. George Takei stated that the “racial nature of these murders” doesn’t change even if Long did not intend to kill Asian women specifically.
Celeste Ng, author of the best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere, noted that it was a person’s actions that decides whether they are racist, not their own self labelling.
E. Alex Chung, a senior writer for Vulture and New York Magazine, tweeted that a Korean language news organization reported that a worker at Gold Spa said Long screamed that he would kill all the Asians.
Other news sources have not reported or published quotes from the Gold Spa worker. Police still believe it is too early to tell.
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