Suspect in fatal shooting in central Atlanta targeted property management staff
The 1280 West condominium tower in Midtown, where Raissa Kengne’s alleged rampage began on Monday.
Two of the victims of a deadly shooting in downtown Atlanta on Monday were employees of a property management company 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 forcible confinement following the shooting that killed Beacon Management Services property manager Michael Shinners , and his colleague, Mike Horne, hospitalized.
Shinners and Horne worked at 1280 West, a condominium 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 that forced large parts of Midtown into lockdown on Monday.
A Fulton County judge denied Kengne bail on 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.
Filming began around 1.45pm at the 1280 West executive office, where Shinners and Horne were discovered, Channel 2 Action News reported. At 2 p.m., Kengne allegedly shot and killed Freeman at the BDO offices at 1100 Peachtree near Colony Square, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Kengne, acting as his own attorney, filed lawsuits in May against Beacon Management, BDO and anonymous residents of 1280 West, claiming a campaign of harassment, intimidation and break-ins at his unit after he reported deficiencies audit at BDO, reports The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. . Kengne accused Freeman in court papers of waging a smear campaign against her in retaliation.
11 Alive also reported court filings that showed Kengne trying to prevent foreclosure on a property she owned in Douglasville and asking for power to be restored to her condo unit while facing financial troubles. . Kengne also alleged that his phone and computer were hacked into with the help of Beacon officials and neighbors, according to 11 Alive.
Kengne was also part of a larger class action lawsuit brought by certain residents of 1280 West against Beacon, alleging negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract regarding several balcony repairs performed at the tower, according to the AJC.
1280 West resident Maragh Girvan told AJC that Kengne was “extremely unhappy with the management” of the condo tower and was trying to campaign for a seat on the tower’s board.