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Atlanta-area spa shooting suspect pleads guilty to 4 killings

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Robert Aaron Long, 22, of Georgia, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to murder and other charges related to series of deadly spa shootings in Atlanta, AP reports.

The big picture: Long signed a plea deal admitting to all of the charges in Cherokee County, hoping for a life sentence without parole for the first four of the shooting deaths.

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  • Six of the eight victims in the shootings were Asian women. Long, who is White, told police that the attacks were not “racially motivated.”

Background: The attacks started at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County. Two people died at the scene, and three were taken to the hospital, where two of them later died.

  • Police said Long then drove south to Atlanta, where he shot and killed three women, all of whom were of Asian descent.

What to watch: Long is set to appear in Fulton County next month, where he faces charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism.

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