2021-05-12

Prosecutor seeks death sentence in Atlanta gun case that kills 6 Asians

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China News Service, May 12, according to a report by the US Chinese website, on March 16, a man shot at three massage parlors in Atlanta, USA, killing 8 people, 6 of whom were Asian. On May 11, local time, the man was charged with murder. A prosecutor issued an announcement stating that she would also seek a hate crime charge and a death sentence.

Prosecutor seeks death sentence in Atlanta gun case that kills 6 Asians

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p >On March 18, local time, a federal building in Anchorage, Alaska, was lowered to half-mast. U.S. President Biden ordered federal buildings across the United States to fly at half-mast on the same day to commemorate the victims of the Atlanta shooting. The shooting resulted in 8 deaths, of which 6 were Asian women. Photo by China News Agency reporter Liu Guanguan

According to reports, a grand jury in Fulton County charged 22-year-old suspect Robert Aaron Long with murder, including murder. Suncha Kim, 69, Soon Chung Park, 74, Hyun Jung Grant, 51, and Yong Ae Yue, 63. The indictment only concerns two massage parlours in Atlanta, and does not include the attack on the Cherokee County massage parlor that resulted in the deaths of four others.

In addition, Fulton County District Attorney Fanny Willis filed a notice stating that she intends to file a hate crime charge against Lang and seek a death sentence. The document stated that the hate crime charges were based on the race, nationality, and gender of the four women killed.

Georgia’s new hate crime law stipulates that hate crime charges cannot be filed alone. After someone is convicted of a crime, the jury must determine whether it is a hate crime, and hate crimes will increase the penalty.

The notice stated that Lang’s killing should be sentenced to death. Every homicide is “cruel or indulgent evil, horrible or inhumane, because this kind of behavior involves the depravity of the spirit” and is committed in a domestic terrorist act.

According to the online indictment, the prosecutor charged Lang with four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, five counts of lethal weapon assault, four counts of felony possession of firearms, and one count of domestic terrorism. Crime of doctrine.

In the allegations against domestic terrorism, the prosecutor said that Lang had committed a series of illegal acts, “These acts are interrelated and have different characteristics. They are designed to cause serious personal injury and kill. A person and a group of people with the intent to intimidate civilians and government agencies in the state.”

Another separate grand jury in Cherokee County will determine the charges for the Woodstock suburban massage parlor shooting. Four people were killed and one injured in the attack.

Police said that at around 5 pm on March 16, at Youngs Asian Massage near Woodstock, Lang shot and killed 4 people, 3 of them were women and 2 were of Chinese descent. Investigators said he also shot and wounded a fifth person.

Lang then drove south to Atlanta, 30 miles away, where he shot and killed three women at Gold Spa, then crossed the road to Aromatherapy Spa and shot another woman. All victims in Atlanta are Asian women.