Latest Atlanta shooting: Suspect Raïssa Kengne appears in court as police investigate why victims were targeted

Suspect in fatal Midtown Atlanta shooting speaks out after judge asks him to be quiet during court hearing

The woman accused of shooting three people and sending offices into lockdown in the city center Atlanta Monday was denied bail.

Raïssa Kengne, 34, appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon charged with assaulting three people with a firearm and killing two, and was sentenced to remain in custody.

The first attack took place at Ms. Kengne’s luxury condo complex, with a second shooting minutes later at an office building four blocks away.

Michael Shinners, 60, a building manager at Ms Kengne’s luxury condo complex, died at the scene, while Wesley Freeman, 41, who appears to have been a former colleague of Ms Kengne’s, later died to the hospital.

While police are still investigating the motive for the shooting, Ms Kengne appears to have made a series of LinkedIn posts and filed a lawsuit accusing Mr Freeman and the managers of his building of conspiracy against her.

Officers said they believe the victims were specifically targeted.


‘Come on, homie, keep fighting’

Recordings of 911 calls reveal how co-workers at Wesley Freeman attempted to save his life while waiting for medics to arrive at the scene.

In an audio clip released by Atlanta police on Tuesday night, a dispatcher can be heard framing the caller using a clean rag to stop the bleeding.

“It just happened,” the caller said. “We were inside the office, having a meeting. We heard three loud gunshots. And everyone was wondering what was going on.”

Mr. Freeman then stops breathing, causing the dispatcher to guide his colleagues through chest compressions, counting to mark the pace.

“Come on, keep fighting, baby,” someone can be heard in the background. “Come on, buddy… come on, keep fighting, keep breathing, breathe in there. Come on, now.”

Another clip from the same building records the caller whispering so as not to be heard, telling the dispatcher he is “terrified” and locked in his office.


“She’s a person who shoots everyone she can see”

Recordings of 911 calls released by Atlanta police lay bare the panic and fear of witnesses in Monday’s shooting.

During a call, made from the luxury condo complex where the first attack occurred, a woman is visibly scared and frantic as she tells the dispatcher that two people have been shot.

“She lives here,” said the shooter’s wife. Towards the end of the call, she appears to be hyperventilating.

Another caller in the same building tells the dispatcher that a “lady with a black striped top, black lady” is currently in the management office shooting people. He says he heard about four or five shots.

When asked if he feels safe to continue talking, the man replies, “Yeah, well, I’m scared to death.” He adds: “I’m in hiding right now…it’s just a person shooting everyone they can see. She must have had a problem with the management office.”


Atlanta police release incident report

An incident report published by the Atlanta Police Department sheds light on how the Atlanta shooting suspect was arrested.

The report, accessible here, says officers rushed to the condo complex at 1280 West Peachtree Street to find building manager Michael Shinner already dead from “multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.” He said Michael Horne was taken to hospital in “stable” condition.

While officers investigated, another team responded to reports of more gunfire at the 1100 Peachtree Street skyscraper and found Wesley Freeman shot multiple times in the same manner.

The report does not say how police determined the identity of the suspect, saying only that they did so “quickly”. An investigator contacted the taxi company, who then tracked his taxi to the airport – possibly using a GPS tracker in the car.


Taxi driver: “I had no idea”

The Taxi driver who drove Raissa Kengne to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport says he had no idea his passenger was a suspect.

Giles Patrick Mandio, a Checker Cab driver who emigrated to the United States from Cameroon, Told Fox 5 that he had driven past numerous emergency service vehicles to collect his ride.

Mr Mandio said: “I had no idea. I picked her up before. She wasn’t some random person I first picked up.”

Mr Mandio said Ms Kengne was also from Cameroon and she first asked him to take her to a park in the Ansley Park neighborhood of Atlanta.

She went out, rang the doorbell, got no answer, then came back and, after discussion, agreed to be taken to the airport.

While on their way, Mr. Mandio received a phone call from the dispatch center asking for news of Ms. Kengne. “Are you having problems with anyone?” he asked him. “Not that I know of, no,” she said. “What is happening?”

Mr. Mandio says she then told him, “No, you’re safe, don’t worry, you’re safe.”


Burglary and Retaliation Claims

The charges in The trial of Raissa Kengne are a bit difficult to follow, but she basically alleged that her former employer, BDO, retaliated against her for raising concerns about shortcomings in her audits.

According 11 Aliveher lawsuit says the company ignored her and eventually offered her a 12% raise, which she interpreted as an attempt to bribe her.

After that, Ms Kengne alleged, BDO began conspiring with a wide range of other figures, including her condo building manager and former lawyers, to retaliate against her.

For example, she claimed that someone used a copy of her condo key to break into her home and steal evidence from her safe, leading her to suspect that Beacon Management Services, his building manager, was involved.

But judging by videos posted on his LinkedIn page, Atlanta police did not take his report seriously. The city’s police department said 11 Alive that he had classified Ms. Kengne’s case as a non-crime.

The Independent asked BDO and Beacon for comment.


“Not enough evidence”

Raïssa Kengne’s trial was in difficulty. According to her complaint, she tried to hire a law firm, but was turned down after “several months” and “many questions” because “they didn’t have enough evidence to pursue the case.”

She searched for other lawyers in Georgia and even traveled to Washington, DC to meet with others (her tickets are included in her lawsuit as evidence), to no avail.

Instead, she represented herself and named her former attorneys as defendants in the lawsuit.


The suspect is said to have fought against the lock

Atlanta Broadcaster 11 Alive has take a deep dive in the 407-page trial of Raïssa Kengne, as well as other legal documents relating to her life.

Although a judge told Ms Kengne on Tuesday that she was not eligible for taxpayer-funded counsel, she reportedly told another court that she had less than $3,000 in savings and no income.

The report says Ms Kengne owns land, an abandoned house and her apartment in downtown Atlanta, but fought to prevent the home from being seized and to restore power to the apartment .


No court date set for Kengne’s next appearance

No court date has yet been set for Raïssa Kengne’s next appearance before a judge, Fox 5 Atlanta announced tuesday.

The woman accused of killing two people and injuring one in a shooting in central Atlanta on Tuesday appeared briefly before a magistrate to hear the warrant for her arrest and be denied arrest. bail.


“Wes will be greatly missed”

The accounting firm where shooting victim Wesley Freeman worked sent out a newsletter to employees mourning his loss.

According to a screenshot posted by an employee on the anonymous social network Fishbowl, the message – spotted for the first time by the accounting news site Continuity of exploitation – was signed by Wayne Berson, Managing Director of BDO USA, and Cathy Moy, Director of Human Resources.

“As you may have seen in the news, there was an active shooter incident in central Atlanta which included our BDO office,” they said. “We are heartbroken to learn that one of our employees, Wesley (Wes) Freeman, lost his life yesterday as a result of this incident.

“It’s devastating and something we never could have imagined facing as a business…Wes, GM of Information Systems Assurance, was an incredible team member who brought a passion, dedication and integrity to his work over the past 16 years at BDO He will be deeply missed.

He adds that the Atlanta office will be closed “until further notice.”

The post said nothing about shooting suspect Raïssa Kengne, who appears to have previously worked for BDO and had named Mr Freeman as a defendant in a sprawling trial in May.

So far, BDO has not responded to The Independent’s requests for comment.


Suspect’s LinkedIn page flooded with comments

Raïssa Kengne’s LinkedIn page has been inundated with netizens speculating about her alleged role in the shooting and sometimes expressing support for her.

Beneath a video of Ms Kengne about her dispute with her former employer and building manager, posted two days ago, there are now 286 comments from apparent strangers.

Some people take her conspiracy allegations against her seriously, suggesting dark forces at work behind the events in Atlanta and expressing support for her views.

Others sympathized with his claims that Atlanta police failed to give his dispute due consideration while lamenting the deaths. Others still argued that she was mentally ill, using words such as “paranoid” and “delusional”, while many others simply spoke of her arrest in astonishment and surprise.

To be clear, Ms Kengne is innocent of Monday’s shooting until proven guilty and we don’t know anything concrete about her mental state.

An unfortunate professional connection, who describes himself as a senior auditor at KPMG, posted about three weeks ago: “I knew from the first moment I met you that you were a BADASS. Go ahead, Raissa !”

Since then, many strangers have responded by reporting that she had been arrested.

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