Tuesday afternoon, Robert Aaron Long, 22, was formally indicted in Fulton County on murder charges for the four killings at two spas in Buckhead. In a court filing, Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County, said Mr. Long had targeted the four victims in Atlanta, all of whom were women of Asian descent, because of their race, national origin, sex, and gender. The women killed in Atlanta were Soon Chung Park, 74; Suncha Kim, 69; Yong Ae Yue, 63; and Hyun Jung Grant, 51.

The indictment charges Long with four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one count of domestic terrorism, according to online records.

Long was previously charged at a Cherokee County court in Woodstock for the four other killings less than 60 minutes before the Atlanta attacks.

Long’s parents called law enforcement after they recognized their son in photographs and security video.

Willis declared her intent to seek a hate crime conviction and the death penalty.

This is a developing story. More updates to come.

 

FILE – This March 16, 2021, booking photo provided by the Crisp County, Ga., Sheriff's Office shows Robert Aaron Long. A man accused of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses pleaded guilty in Cherokee County on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, hoping for a sentence of life without parole to the first four of the shooting deaths. Robert Aaron Long faces still faces the death penalty if convicted in four more shooting deaths in Atlanta, where he faces charges of domestic terrorism with a hate crime enhancement in addition to murder. (Crisp County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

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