Police: Suspect In Deadly Midtown Atlanta Shooting Targeted Property Management Staff
Two of the victims of a deadly shooting in Midtown Atlanta Monday were employees of a property management firm that the suspect had previously sued, police said Tuesday.
Raissa Kengne has been charged with multiple counts of murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm and false imprisonment stemming from the shootings that left Beacon Management Services property manager Michael Shinners dead and his colleague, Mike Horne, hospitalized.
Shinners and Horne worked at 1280 West, a condominium building in the area where police described Kengne as a “disgruntled resident." Kengne's former supervisor at accounting firm BDO USA, Wesley Freeman, was also killed in the shooting rampage that forced large parts of Midtown into lockdown on Monday.
A Fulton County judge denied Kengne bond Tuesday, following a citywide manhunt after she fled 1100 Peachtree St., where she allegedly shot and killed Freeman. Kengne was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The shooting began around 1:45 p.m at 1280 West's management office, where Shinners and Horne were discovered, Channel 2 Action News reported. By 2 p.m., Kengne allegedly shot and killed Freeman at BDO's offices at 1100 Peachtree near Colony Square, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Kengne, acting as her own attorney, filed lawsuits in May against Beacon Management, BDO and unnamed residents at 1280 West, claiming a campaign of harassment, intimidation and breaking into her unit after she reported audit deficiencies at BDO, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. Kengne accused Freeman in court documents of conducting a smear campaign against her in retaliation.
11 Alive also reported on court records that showed Kengne attempting to stop a foreclosure of property she owns in Douglasville and petitioning to get power restored to her condo unit while facing financial troubles. Kengne also alleged that her phone and computer were hacked with the help of Beacon officials and neighbors, according to 11 Alive.
Kengne also was part of a larger class-action lawsuit filed by some residents of 1280 West against Beacon, claiming negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract over multiple balcony repairs made at the tower, according to the AJC.
1280 West resident Maragh Girvan told the AJC that Kengne was “extremely unhappy with the management” of the condo tower and was attempting to campaign for a seat on the tower's board.