Prosecutor affirms plan to seek death penalty for Atlanta shooter, cites ‘complete support’ from families
Fulton District Attorney Fani Willis has affirmed her intention to seek the death penalty for Robert Aaron Long, the man who shot eight people to death — including six Asian women — in three spas in the Atlanta area earlier this year.
The latest: Long, 22, appeared at the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday for charges involving four of the eight deceased victims. These crimes include murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism, the Associated Press reported.
A gay Asian man who fell into a coma following a brutal attack in Atlanta last month, is now making “tremendous progress” in his recovery.
Courageous recovery: Joshua Dowd, 28, had a very active day on Saturday as he tried to move his head, both of his arms and his legs following the incident, according to the recent update on his GoFundMe page.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original version to say that AP reportedly misquoted District Attorney Shannon Wallace during Robert Aaron Long’s hearing on July 27. The full quote has been included below.
The Atlanta shooter who murdered eight people, six being of Asian descent, in March has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life.
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the case of a gay man who was found with a serious head injury on train tracks in the Lindbergh area of Buckhead early morning on July 11.
At the scene: Police were alerted to the 2100 block of Piedmont Road where someone saw Joshua Dowd, 28, alone and barely breathing as he laid on the train tracks with his head bleeding, reported CBS46.
Police officer Khuong Thai is now recovering from his injuries following a shootout with a gunman at an Atlanta apartment building on Wednesday.
What happened: Joseph Lee Humbles, 29, allegedly fired his gun at Thai and fellow officer Joshua Lovreta who were responding to a call of shots fired in the area, WSB TV reported.
Robert Aaron Long, the suspect in the March shootings in the Atlanta region has been indicted on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed to seek the death penalty and hate crime charges.
About the indictment: A Fulton County grand jury indicted the 22-year-old in the killings of Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant and Yong Ae Yue, at the spas in Atlanta.
An officer from the Atlanta Police Department developed a bond with a homeless man that began before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Melina Lim, 25, was on her daily routine of checking up on businesses around northwest Atlanta shortly before the pandemic hit, when she saw Jawee Bilal Faheem, 61, who goes by the name “Doc,” holding a sign on the side of the road, according to 11Alive.
An Asian American family is fearing for their lives, believing they were racially targeted after bullets were sprayed at their home in metro Atlanta.
Homeowners Nikki and Johnny Hang described how someone started shooting at their house on their quiet cul-de-sac at Magnolia Place, Lawrenceville last Saturday night, reported 11Alive.
The AAPI community gathered on Sunday for a funeral honoring Daoyou Feng, a victim of the March shooting in Atlanta, who didn’t have any close friends or family in the U.S.
Dr. Charles Li, a founder of the Atlanta Chinese American Alliance (ACAA) which organized the funeral via a GoFundMe campaign, said that around 100 mourners attended the service.
On the night of the Atlanta shootings on March 16, Marcus Lyon was getting a massage at one of the gunman’s targeted Asian-owned businesses, Youngs Asian Massage.
Lyon, 31, recalled the moment of the tragedy which occurred just minutes into his session.
After the recent spa shootings in Georgia, which left eight people dead, six of whom were Asian women, hundreds of people attended an anti-racism rally in Atlanta on Saturday.
The rally, held at Atlanta’s Liberty Plaza, was attended by people of various backgrounds who gathered to commemorate the victims, CNN reports.
The husband of Soon Chung Park, 74, was reportedly at the crime scene of the shooting in Atlanta that occurred last week, just minutes after his wife’s death.
Believing she had only fainted, Gwangho Lee, 38, attempted to resuscitate his wife using CPR, as the only officer on the scene was “just standing there,” he said in an interview with the Daily Beast.