GUNMAN Robert Aaron Long was arrested and charged with the murder of eight people at three different massage parlors in Atlanta on March 16.
Authorities believe Long, 21, had potential "sexual addiction" issues and "frequently visited those places [spas] in the past".
Who are Atlanta shooter Robert Aaron Long's parents?
The identities of Long's parents remains unknown, however, they helped authorities nab their son after seeing a photo of him on social media.
Long's parents turned him in and helped police find him using a tracker that had been placed in his car.
Cherokee County Sheriff Captain Jay Baker said he was unsure of the reason for the tracker, or if Long was aware he was being tracked.
Police used the tracker to stop the gunman in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.
“We are really appreciative of the family,” said Captain Baker on March 17.
“Without them, this would not have happened as, well, as quickly as it happened. They were very supportive, and certainly this was difficult for them.”
He was apparently headed to Florida to continue his shooting spree.
What has Robert Aaron Long been charged with?
Long has been charged with multiple counts of murder and assault.
The first shooting began at around 5pm on March 16, at the Youngs Asian Massage Parlor, where two people died at the scene and three casualties were transports to the hospital – two of which died from their injuries.
Afterwards, Long is believed to have driven to Gold Spa, a massage parlor in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta.
There authorities found three women dead, a fourth women was shot dead at Aromatherapy Spa, just across the street from Gold Spa.
Of the eight dead, seven were women and one a man, according to officials. Two of the victims were white, cops said.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the four victims who died at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor were: Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, Paul Andre Michels, 54, Xiaojie Yan, 49 and Daoyou Feng, 44.
The one victim who was injured, is in stable condition, was identified as Elcias R. Hernandez-Ortiz, 30.
The identities of the four victims who were killed at Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa have not been released by officials.
What did Long's roommate say about his sex addiction?
According to the shooters former roommate Tyler Bayless, Long spent months in a halfway house for sex addictions relapses and often visited massage parlors.
Bayless, 35, told Reuters that he spent several months living in an Atlanta halfway house for recovering addicts with Long.
Bayless said Long was "deeply religious" and would become "very emotionally distraught that he frequented these places."
"In the halfway house he would describe several of his sexual addiction 'relapses' as he called them. He would have a deep feeling of remorse and shame and say he needed to return to prayer and to return to God," he said.
Law enforcement officials said Long may have been struggling with a sex addiction that he presented as his motive for violence that primarily targeted minority women.
What did a mother of one of the victims say about her daughters death?
Margaret Rushing the mother of Ashley Yaun – who was killed while getting a massage with her husband – said she's "confused and numb" over her daughters death.
"I'm lost, I'm confused, I'm hurt. I'm numb," Rushing told Fox 5 Atlanta while holding a picture of her daughter close to her chest.
Ashley Yaun was one of the four victims killed at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in Acworth, Cherokee County.
“I just wanna see her one more time and I don’t know if I’m ever gonna get to do that.
“He took mothers, families away that didn’t deserve. They’re innocent. They did nothing wrong and I just don’t understand why he took my daughter,” Rushing said.
Yaun’s sister Dana Toole said the slain woman’s husband, who was not injured, is “taking it hard.”
“He was there. He heard the gunshots and everything. You can’t escape that when you’re in a room and gunshots are flying — what do you do?” she told the outlet.
“We don’t want to believe that she’s gone. Until then, we just want to hold each other up,” Toole said.
The loved ones said Ashely Yaun and her husband were first-time customers at the parlor when Long allegedly opened fire.
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