COPS have released the chilling 911 calls from when alleged gunman Robert Aaron Long “shot eight people dead” in Georgia. Robert Aar
COPS have released the chilling 911 calls from when alleged gunman Robert Aaron Long “shot eight people dead” in Georgia.
Robert Aaron Long, 21 – who allegedly gunned down eight people at three different massage parlor locations in Atlanta on March 16 – has been charged over the attack.
Eight people were dead after shootings at three spas in the Atlanta area[/caption]
Most of the victims of the spa shootings were believed to be Asian women[/caption]
One day after a total of eight victims were gunned down – seven were women and six of them were of Asian descent – the Atlanta Police Department shared the first 911 call for the massage parlor shootings.
The first audio, shared to YouTube in a one-minute and 50-second clip, reveals a woman telling a 911 operator to “please hurry.”
The call came through to 911 at 5.47pm from the woman inside the Gold Spa.
When the woman calling was asked whether she had a description of the male suspect, the caller quietly stated: “We’re hiding right now, that’s why. They have a gun.”
The witness continued: “We need an ambulance here… we need police here.”
The caller mentioned multiple times about a robbery in the spa, but when she was questioned the robber’s whereabouts, she answered: “I don’t know.
“I’m hiding right now.”
After being asked what the suspect was wearing, the caller appears to say: “I don’t know please just come. Ok?”
The second 911 call – which lasted approximately four minutes and came in about 10 minutes after the first call – was from a woman who got a call about the frightening incident at the Aromatherapy Spa.
“I just got a call from one of my friends and they say some guy came in…. and the lady’s passed out,” the second caller explained. “Everybody’s scared so they’re hiding.”
She later repeated herself: “Everybody heard the gunshot and some lady got hurt.”
Following the attacks, the alleged gunman, Long, took responsibility for the shootings and told cops that the massage parlors were a “temptation that he wanted to eliminate.”
Atlanta Police held a press conference on Wednesday following the shootings[/caption]
Long was arrested on Tuesday night after leading cops on a three hour car chase, Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesperson Howard J Baker said.
Captain Jay Baker said that Long had been charged with four counts of murder and one count of aggravated assaulted for the Cherokee County shooting, the New York Times reported.
However, charges have not yet been announced in connection with the attacks in the City of Atlanta.
Sheriff Frank Reynolds said in a press conference on Wednesday that Long had potential “sexual addiction” issues.
CNN later reported that a former roommate had claimed the alleged shooter spent time in a sex rehab clinic.
Sheriff Reynolds added that cops believe Long “frequented these places in the past” and that he “may have been lashing out.”
Long was arrested on Tuesday night[/caption]
One victim has been identified as Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33[/caption]
Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, was injured but survived[/caption]
They added that Long claimed the attack was not racially motivated.
The Atlanta Police Department added that Long was on his way to Florida, where they believe he was going to “do similar acts in the state” targeting “some type of porn industry.”
Long did not target the victims due to their ethnicity, rather that he chose locations that he “knew specifically,” according to Channel 2.
The first shooting occurred at a Cherokee County massage parlor about 30 miles northwest of Atlanta before two other spas across the street from each other in northeast Atlanta were targeted.
Long was only apprehended after authorities performed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT) to stop his vehicle.
The move “caused the vehicle to spin out of control” as Long was reportedly driving south on Interstate 75.
He was taken into custody “without incident” and was being held at the Crisp County jail.
A Cherokee County Sheriff’s vehicle is seen parked in front of Long’s house[/caption]
The suspect is heading back to Cherokee County for a court hearing on Friday morning regarding the slaughters.
The FBI are now assisting the investigation into the shooting spree, that saw six Asian women shot dead.
Of the eight dead, seven were women and one a man, according to officials. Two of the victims were white, cops said.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the four victims who died at that location were: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Xiaojie Yan, 49 and Daoyou Feng, 44.
They added that one victim who was injured, but is in stable condition, was identified as Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30.
South Korea have since confirmed that four of the victims were of Korean descent.
Further details have not yet been released on the victims, but Atlanta Police Chief Rodney N. Bryant confirmed the majority were female and Asian.
It is not yet clear if it was a racially motivated attack, but officials from all jurisdictions said they are “very confident” that the same suspect was involved in all three shootings.
The motivation for the shootings was not immediately known[/caption]
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office released an image of a person of interest and arrested a suspect, Robert Aaron Long of Woodstock[/caption]
Memorial flowers were placed outside Young’s Asian Massage salon[/caption]
The first shooting happened at around 5pm at the Youngs Asian Massage Parlor off Bells Ferry Road and Highway 92 in Acworth, Georgia.
Two people died at the scene. A further three were transported to hospital, were another two succumbed to their injuries.
The Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Jay Baker confirmed that two Asian women, a white woman, a white man, and a Hispanic man had been injured.
It appears all five victims were shot inside the business.
The sheriff’s office released surveillance images of a man by a vehicle[/caption]
Authorities were searching for a man who fled in a dark-colored SUV[/caption]
Less than an hour later, police responded to a call off a “robbery in progress” at Gold Spa, in northeast Atlanta.
Three women were shot dead in the appalling attack.
The gunman then headed to another spa situated just across the street, the Aromatherapy Spa, where officers found another woman deceased.
Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant said all four victims were female, and “it appears that they may be Asian”.
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While at Gold Spa, cops “received another call across the street that had shots fired,” Bryant said. “We responded to that to find another individual was shot at that location.”
Long was captured by surveillance video pulling up to the business around 4.50pm, just minutes before the shooting.
The sheriff’s office had posted surveillance pictures on its Facebook page, asking people to share the images that show the man near the vehicle.