On Monday, August 22, 2022, the shooting took place in two separate locations in midtown Atlanta. Raissa Kengne, 34, was charged with three counts of murder as well as four counts of aggravated assault. Authorities say Raissa Kengne opened fire on an apartment and office building, killing two people and injuring another. The third victim has now died in hospital. What is the motive behind the Midtown Atlanta mass shooting? Come down to know all your questions regarding Midtown Atlanta Shooting.
When and Where did the shooting happen?
On Monday, August 22, 2022, the shooting took place in two separate locations in midtown Atlanta. Police responded to a call about a shooting on a busy Midtown block at about 1:45 p.m. Monday, and discovered two people who had been shot, according to Atlanta police. While authorities were investigating that scene, they received a call about another person shot at the Colony Square mixed-use campus a block away.
Who are the victims killed in Midtown Atlanta Shooting? Two Dead and one is hospitalized in critical condition
The victims of the shooting were identified as Wesley Freeman, 41, of Atlanta, and Michael Shinners, 60, of Alpharetta, by the Fulton County Medical Examiner. Michael Horne, 68, has been identified as the sole survivor. According to police, Kengne opened fire on four, one of whom was identified as Zamir Steed.
BDO USA, an accounting network to which Freeman belongs also released a statement that reads:
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that took place in Midtown Atlanta and our Atlanta office yesterday. Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of our colleague Wesley Freeman who lost his life. Wesley was an incredible team member who brought passion, dedication, and integrity to his work, and he will be deeply missed.
Michael Shinners, 60
Mr. Shinners, a long-time CAI member, was enthusiastic about his job and the chapter. CAI awarded him several industry designations, including the Association Management Specialist (AMS) and Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM), the pinnacle achievement for community association managers demonstrating the highest level of commitment to the profession. He also earned his Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) credential, administered by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB).
Who is the shooter Raissa Kengne? Her Family, Job, LinkedIn
The suspect has been identified as Raissa Kengne, 34. According to her LinkedIn profile, she has been the CEO and President of Kengne Corporation since May 2022. Rassa Kengne’s LinkedIn profile describes her as an experienced information security auditor and a Georgia State University graduate. Her profile picture resembles the one tweeted by Mr Moote.
UPDATE: #Atlanta Police say that the midtown shooting suspect was taken into custody at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. A photo of the woman believed to be the shooter was tweeted by a passenger who had just arrived at the airport. https://t.co/Fi9lGR1SHN— CBS46 (@cbs46) August 22, 2022
📷: @MootePoints pic.twitter.com/mvFVBReNdw
Furthermore, in the week preceding the shooting, Ms Kengne made a series of LinkedIn posts alleging retaliation for being a whistleblower at her former employer, a major accounting firm with an Atlanta office at 1100 Peachtree Street.
“I am presenting ‘Fraud in Public Accounting’ at Geek Week 2022. Please join me for this event. I look forward to seeing all of you! #accounting #fraud #publicaccounting Raissa Kengne Kengne Corporation,” she posted on LinkedIn.
According to a source within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Ms Kengne was arrested by ATF officers with a 9mm Glock pistol in her purse. Photos released by the police department, as well as one posted on Twitter by radio host Brian Moote, showed a Black woman wearing glasses and a black and white striped shirt, surrounded by law enforcement officers.
In a LinkedIn post last week, she claimed that she reported “several violations of SEC U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations,” as well as other violations; she says she was retaliated against for reporting those alleged violations.
What is the motive of the mass shooting in Midtown Atlanta?
Wesley Freeman, 41, was Raissa’s former boss at BDO USA LLP, a major Atlanta accounting firm where Kengne apparently worked as an audit manager. Michael Shinners, 60, was also killed at the 1280 West condominium building, where Kengne lived. Beacon Management Services’ chief building engineer, Michael Horne, was seriously injured. All of the victims were connected to her work or residence. So it is certain that all of the victims were killed for personal reasons.
Atlanta police said that they believe the victims were specifically targeted, but are still looking for a motive.
“We do not believe these were random acts of violence,” said interim police chief Darrin Schierbaum at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
He added that officers had recovered the gun used in the shooting at the airport.
Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said after her arrest that the shootings were “not random” and the victims were specifically targeted.
What court documents reveal about Atlanta midtown shooting suspect
Raissa Kengne has filed hundreds of pages of court documents in the last two years seeking justice for harassment and fraud claims. Kengne appeared in front of a judge Tuesday afternoon and was denied bond after deputies said she fired shots near West Peachtree Street the day before, killing two men. She was arrested by police at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday.
Court records show that at the time of her arrest, she was fighting to stop foreclosure on a property in Douglasville and to have the power restored to her condo. While she owns land, an abandoned house, and her condo at 1280 West Peachtree, she told the court in May that she had less than $3,000 and no income.
11Alive learned from reviewing the files and speaking with sources connected to her case that Kengne acted as her own attorney because she couldn’t find anyone to represent her long and complicated claims. She tried several local firms and even included plane ticket stubs in one of her court filings to show she had traveled to Washington, D.C. to look for a lawyer.
Kengne claimed her phone and computer had been hacked. She claimed she was isolated from her family, who live outside the country, and that she had feared for her life several times.
Police tracked the suspect to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where she was taken into custody without incident about 4 p.mAtlanta Police Department Interim Chief Darin Schierbaum said at the news conference.
The woman accused in the Midtown shootings on Aug. 22 that left two people dead and one person seriously injured targeted her victims, according to the Atlanta Police Department.
“We do not believe these were random acts of violence. We do believe the individuals were likely targeted,” APD Interim Chief Darin Schierbaum said at a Monday press conference, but did not disclose anything further.