It took 8 people to die in order to catch attention to the hideous crime against the asian community. The Atlanta Spa Shooting shed light on this fact where 6 out of 8 were women of asian descent.
The incident took place on March 16, 2021, even though the suspect, 21 year-old Robert Aaron Long denied such allegations as to the reason and motive behind the attack, it has caused considerable fear among the Asian-American community.
The suspect told the police that his “sexual addiction” caused him to take such a step in order to eliminate the massage parlours in an attempt to end his “temptation”. He also told the police that he had earlier been to the parlours and launched the attacks as a form of vengeance.
The suspect has been charged with 8 counts of murder and homicide and one count of assault at three Atlanta-area spas in connection with the attacks.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said that “Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian. We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.”
by Scott Reinhard
Even though the suspect has made it clear that the shootings were not racially motivated but were in fact due to his sexual addiction, the intense history of Asian American women being associated with such crimes makes it difficult for the asian community to not be scared and to let this issue get sidelined.
'He understood the gravity of it. He was pretty much fed up and at the end of his rope and yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did,’ said Cherokee Police spokesman Capt Jay Baker.
Many Americans gathered in rallies across the country last weekend to honor the victims and shed light on the violence against Asian Americans. This shooting has in a way awaken the people to protect all people irrespective of their community, race or sex.