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‘I Begged Him Not To Shoot Me’: Atlanta Spa Shootings Survivor Elcias Hernandez Ortiz Recalls Deadly Attack

Hundreds of people gathered in a park last month across from the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta to demand justice for the victims of the spa shootings.
Hundreds of people gathered in a park last month across from the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta to demand justice for the victims of the spa shootings.
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A note: The following eight-minute story includes detailed descriptions of a deadly shooting and might not be appropriate for all audiences. Listener and parental discretion is advised.

Elcias Hernandez Ortiz had just finished a busy day fixing cars at his auto repair shop in Cherokee County when he decided to go next door for a massage.

March 16 was his first time at Young’s Asian Massage.

Shortly after arriving, he heard gunshots.

Police say 21-year-old Robert Long had just begun a mass shooting spree that would end with eight people dead.

That it wasn’t nine is a testament to God, says Ortiz, the lone survivor of the attack.

On Friday, he was released from the hospital. And Monday, he shared his story with WABE’s “All Things Considered” host Jim Burress through his attorney, Doug Rohan with the Rohan Law Firm.