Prosecutor: Suspect in Atlanta Spa Shootings Committed Hate Crimes

Prosecutor: Suspect in Atlanta Spa Shootings Committed Hate Crimes Prosecutor: Suspect in Atlanta Spa Shootings Committed Hate Crimes Julie Tran holds her phone during a candlelight vigil in Garden Grove, Calif., on March 17 to unite against the recent spate of violence targeting Asians and to express grief and outrage after yesterday's shooting that left eight people dead in Atlanta, including six Asian women. (Getty Images)

Tuesday, 11 May 2021 04:11 PM

A prosecutor in Georgia on Tuesday said the suspect in the shooting deaths of eight people at Atlanta-area spas had targeted some of his victims because they were Asian, thus committing hate crimes, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old suspect, Robert Aaron Long, faces "malice murder" and aggravated assault charges in Cherokee County, Georgia, connected to a string of shootings at day spas in March, in which six of the eight people killed were Asian women.

In a court filing, the Fulton County prosecutor said Long had targeted four women because of their race, national origin and gender, and said she was planning to seek the death penalty against Long, the Times reported.