Spa shootings: A timeline of events that left 8 dead in metro Atlanta

03/16/2021 —Atlanta, Georgia — Atlanta Police Officers and Detectives respond to a crime scene at Aromatherapy Spa and Gold Spa, both located in the 1900 block of Piedmont Road NE in Atlanta, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. A 21-year-old man from Woodstock, who was captured in South Georgia on Tuesday night, is the suspect in three metro Atlanta massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead, authorities said. Robert Aaron Long was first identified as the suspect in the shooting at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County that left four people dead and one person injured, according to the sheriff’s office. He is also a suspect in two more shootings at similar businesses in northeast Atlanta that resulted in four more deaths, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.
Six of the eight victims were Asian women, authorities said. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)
03/16/2021 —Atlanta, Georgia — Atlanta Police Officers and Detectives respond to a crime scene at Aromatherapy Spa and Gold Spa, both located in the 1900 block of Piedmont Road NE in Atlanta, Tuesday, March 16, 2021. A 21-year-old man from Woodstock, who was captured in South Georgia on Tuesday night, is the suspect in three metro Atlanta massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead, authorities said. Robert Aaron Long was first identified as the suspect in the shooting at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County that left four people dead and one person injured, according to the sheriff’s office. He is also a suspect in two more shootings at similar businesses in northeast Atlanta that resulted in four more deaths, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman. Six of the eight victims were Asian women, authorities said. (Alyssa Pointer / Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com)

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Six of the victims were Asian women, authorities say

The shootings that killed eight people Tuesday, March 16 were roughly 30 miles apart at three massage parlors in Cherokee and Fulton counties. A suspect, 21-year-old Robert Aaron Young, was later captured about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

Here’s what happened, when:

4:54 p.m.: A man investigators believe was Long pulled up to Youngs Asian Massage Parlor near Acworth in a dark-colored Hyundai SUV, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. Surveillance cameras captured a man going into the business, located near the intersection of Bells Ferry Road and Ga. 92. Inside the business, five people were shot, Capt. Jay Baker said. Four people were killed. Cameras then captured the same man leaving the business.

On Wednesday, those killed were identified as Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Tan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44, whose address wasn’t immediately known. A fifth victim, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, was in stable condition Wednesday.

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5:47 p.m.: About 30 miles away, Atlanta officers were called to a report of a robbery at The Gold Spa, located at 1916 Piedmont Road. Inside, officers found three women dead from gunshot wounds, according to Sgt. John Chafee. While investigating that incident, officers were told shots were fired across the street at the Aromatherapy Spa. There, investigators found another woman shot to death. At a press conference within two hours of the shootings, Interim Chief Rodney Bryant said Atlanta officers were working with Cherokee investigators to determine if the incidents were related. Officials on Friday identified the victims as as Yong Ae Yue, 63, Soon Chung Park, 74, Suncha Kim, 69, and Hyun Jung Grant, 51.

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8 p.m.: Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds alerted law enforcement in central Georgia that the suspect was believed to be traveling south on I-75. About 150 miles south of Atlanta, the 2007 black Hyundai Tucson was spotted by Crisp County sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia State Patrol. State troopers performed a PIT maneuver to stop the SUV. (The Precision Immobilization Technique, as it’s officially known, is an intentional wrecking of a car being chased; it is sometimes employed by authorities pursuing a suspect who won’t stop). Long, was arrested and booked into the Crisp County Detention Center and later returned to Cherokee County. Officials said Long’s parents provided information to help locate him soon after the shootings.

Data journalist Jennifer Peebles contributed to this article.

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