Atlanta spa shootings: suspect charged with murder after eight people killed – latest updates | US news


Crisp county sheriff Billy Hancock said in a video posted on Facebook that his deputies and state troopers were notified Tuesday night that a murder suspect out of north Georgia was headed their way. Deputies and troopers set up along the interstate and “made contact with the suspect”, he said.

A state trooper performed a PIT, or pursuit intervention technique, maneuver, “which caused the vehicle to spin out of control”, Hancock said. Long, of Woodstock, was then taken into custody “without incident”.

Crisp county sheriff’s spokeswoman, Haley Wade, said this morning that Long is no longer in their custody and that her office has turned over its information to the other Georgia agencies and the FBI.

Rita Barron, the store manager of a business neighboring the massage parlor that was targeted in Cherokee county, said that security footage of the parking lot outside the stores showed the gunman had been sitting outside in his car for about an hour just watching.

Nico Straughan, 21, who went to school with Long, described him as “super nice, super Christian, very quiet” and said that in high school Long brought a Bible to school every day and would walk around with it in his hands.

“He went from one of the nicest kids I ever knew in high school to being on the news yesterday,” Straughan said.



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