Will Atlanta Gunman Be Charged Under Hate Crime Law?

A member of a church that forbids sex before marriage, the suspect visited massage parlors for sex as he pursued a fixation of guilt and lust that may have fueled his rampage. A heated debate has already begun over whether Georgia should invoke hate-crime legislation against Long for his crimes.

Atlanta Spa Shooter Charged With 8 Counts of Murder

Robert Aaron Long was charged on Wednesday with eight counts of murder for the killings at three spas and told detectives that he had frequented massage parlors in the past and had carried out the attacks as a way to eliminate temptation. Investigators said they had not ruled out a racial motive, despite the 21-year-old white male suspect’s denial of being driven by .bigotry.