Suspect in Midtown shooting denied bond, interrupts judge during hearing

The suspect in a shooting that killed two people and caused chaos Monday afternoon in Midtown Atlanta made her first court appearance in Fulton County on Tuesday.

Raissa Kenge was denied bond after the judge found probable cause in the case.

Kenge attempted to speak several times to explain that the attorney accompanying her in the hearing was not her attorney. After continuously telling her to remain silent, the judge said that the case would be heard at a later date with the attorney of her choice.

The judge advised her, “You have the right to remain silent, and I would encourage you to use it.”

WSB previously reported that a federal lawsuit, obtained by local media outlets, shows a possible connection between Kengne and the victims in Monday’s shooting.

The lawsuit also gives an indication of grievances Kengne held that possibly point to a motive.

Kengne is accused of opening fire inside the 1280 West condo building on Monday afternoon.

Her LinkedIn profile said that she worked at an accounting firm, BDO, until November of 2021, and she also mentioned the location of one of the shootings at 1100 Peachtree Street, where one victim, Wesley Freeman, was killed.

Kengne, on her LinkedIn post, referred to Freeman as the “laziest manager I have had the displeasure of working for.”

Freeman is also one of almost a dozen people listed in a nearly 600 page federal lawsuit filed by Kengne earlier this year.

In the lawsuit, Kengne said she faced “retaliation, persecution, harassment, intimidation, threats, burglary, computer hacking” after she said she noted a “significant deficiency” in an audit that was disregarded.

The lawsuit indicates Kengne lived at 1280 West Peachtree, which is the same location where she allegedly shot two people, including Michael Shinners who is also listed in the lawsuit.

Kengne accused the condo association of “allowing unauthorized individuals to break into Plaintiff’s home in order to facilitate the harassment and retaliation” from BDO and others listed in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit was reportedly dismissed.

Just last Tuesday, Kengne filed an appeal where she once again listed victims in Monday’s shooting.





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