Atlanta shooting latest: Suspect Raïssa Kengne appears in court as police probe why victims were targeted


Suspect in fatal shooting in Midtown Atlanta speaks out after judge asks her to remain silent during hearing

The woman charged Monday in downtown Atlanta with shooting three people and locking up offices has been released on bail.

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

The first attack took place in Ms. Kengne’s luxury apartment complex, and minutes later, a second gunfire erupted in an office building four blocks away.

Michael Shinners, 60, a building manager at Mrs Kengne’s luxury apartment complex, died on the spot, while Wesley Freeman, 41, who appears to be a former colleague of Mrs Kengne’s, later died in hospital.

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

Officers said they believed the victims were specifically targeted.


‘Not enough evidence’

Raïssa Kengne’s lawsuit was in trouble. According to her complaint, she tried to engage a law firm but was rejected after “several months” and “a lot of questions” because “they didn’t have enough evidence to pursue the case”.

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

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


Suspect reportedly fought against shielding

Atlanta broadcaster 11 Alive has taken a deep dive into Raïssa Kengne’s 407-page lawsuit, as well as other legal files related to her life.

Although a judge told Ms Kengne on Tuesday that she is ineligible for a taxpayer-funded attorney, she reportedly told another court that she has less than $3,000 in savings and no income.

According to the report, Ms. Kengne owns land, an abandoned house and her apartment in downtown Atlanta, but that she has fought to keep the house from being foreclosed and to turn the electricity back on in the apartment.


No court date for Kengne’s next appearance

A hearing date has not yet been set for Raïssa Kengne’s next appearance in front of a judge, Fox 5 Atlanta reported on Tuesday.

The woman charged Tuesday with killing two people and injuring one in a shooting in downtown Atlanta appeared shortly before a magistrate to hear the warrant against her and be refused bail.


Wes will be greatly missed

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

According to a screenshot posted by an employee on the anonymous social network Fishbowl, the message was first noticed by the accounting news website Concern – was signed by BDO USA chief executive Wayne Berson and HR chief Cathy Moy.

“As you may have seen in the news, there was an active shooting incident in downtown Atlanta, including our BDO office,” they said. “We are saddened that one of our employees, Wesley (Wes) Freeman, lost his life yesterday as a result of this incident.

“This is devastating and something we could never have imagined we would have to deal with as a company… Wes, a director of IS assurance, was an incredible team member who spent the past 16 years demonstrating exceptional passion, dedication and integrity in brought his work to BDO. He will be sorely missed.”

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

The report says nothing about shooting suspect Raïssa Kengne, who appears to have previously worked for BDO and named Freeman as a defendant in a sprawling lawsuit in May.

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


Suspect’s LinkedIn page flooded with comments

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

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

Some people take her claims of a conspiracy against her seriously, suggesting dark forces at work behind the Atlanta events and expressing support for her perspective.

Others sympathized with her claims that the Atlanta police did not pay due attention to her dispute as she complained about the deaths. Others still claimed she was mentally ill, using words like “paranoid” and “delusional,” while many discussed her arrest in amazement and amazement.

To be clear, Ms Kengne is innocent of Monday’s shooting until proven guilty and we know nothing concrete about her mental state.

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

Since then, numerous strangers have responded, pointing out that she has been arrested.


Suspect had a long career as an IT auditor

Now that authorities have confirmed that the suspect is Raïssa Kengne, let’s take a closer look at how she described herself on LinkedIn.

Apparently Mrs. Kengne has had a successful career. She graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Georgia State University’s J Mack Robinson College of Business, where she claimed to be the treasurer of the Delta Epsilon Iota fraternity, and then earned a master’s degree in IT. system check of the same institution in 2013.

Since then, she has worked as an IT auditor at several companies, assessing customer protections against cyber attacks and the risks of system failures.

She received recommendations on the social network for her skills in ‘auditing’, ‘financial analysis’, ‘financial reporting’ and others. A manager of one of her internships in 2011 described him as “a valuable asset to our accounting team…her output was comparable to that of the professionals on our staff.”

According to a report three weeks ago, Ms. Kengne also gave a conference address in Atlanta entitled “Fraud in Public Accounting.”

A screenshot of what appears to be Raïssa Kengne’s LinkedIn page

(Raïssa Kengne via LinkedIn)


ICYMI: Two victims killed in attack identified

Michael Shinners, 60, and Wesley Freeman, 41, were identified Monday by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office as the two victims who died in the shooting that afternoon, according to local news outlets.

Shinners was one of two people shot in an apartment at 1280 West Peachtree Street, while Freeman was shot in another building less than a mile away, at 1100 Peachtree Street, Atlanta police said.

The first shooting occurred at the management office of the Beacon Management Services apartment building, where Shinners and the third victim, Mike Horne, were employees, according to CBS46.

Here’s what we know about them:


‘Please shut up, ma’am’

Here’s a video clip of Raïssa Kengne’s first court appearance, showing her spirited conversation with the judge.

Suspect in fatal shooting in Midtown Atlanta speaks out after judge asks her to remain silent during hearing


Raïssa Kengne appears in court

Raissa Kengne was denied bail in her first court appearance in Atlanta.

Mrs. Kengne sat in front of a video screen in a government building, wearing a face mask and listening as the warrant was read against her, accusing her of assaulting Michael Shinners, Wesley Freeman and Michael Horne with a firearm.

Ms Kengne repeatedly tried to speak and intervene in the proceedings, but was told by the judge to be quiet. “Your Honor, if I may intervene—” she said at one point. “Please shut up, ma’am,” the judge replied.

Raïssa Kengne during her first appearance on Tuesday, August 23, 2022

(WSB TV 2)

The judge then told Ms Kengne that she had enough assets or income that she was ineligible for a taxpayer-funded defense attorney under Georgian law, and that she should immediately hire her own attorney without “delaying or getting stuck”.[ing]”.

Ms Kengne tried to protest, saying she hadn’t had a chance to discuss the facts of the case with her current lawyer,” but was told this would be resolved at a later date.

The judge ordered that she remain in custody.


Appeal allegedly filed by suspect in lawsuit

In a lawsuit alleging conspiracy against her, Raïssa Kengne accused two of her victims and her former employer of “retaliation, persecution, harassment, intimidation, threats, burglary, computer hacking, phone spoofng and other attacks,” according to one version seen. by means of The independent.

The case, which was reportedly dismissed by a judge, came after she allegedly uncovered a “significant flaw” in an audit at her former accounting firm that was disregarded, WSB-TV reported.

She then accused her condo management company of allowing “unauthorized persons” to enter her apartment in connection with the claims and lawsuit, and according to WSB-TV, she appealed the judge’s decision just last week. .

Lisa Simmons, the president of Beacon Management Services, told local news media on Tuesday that Ms. Kengne was a “disgruntled” resident.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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