On Monday, a lady opened fire in Midtown Atlanta, killing two people and injuring another. As a result of a thorough investigation by numerous law enforcement agencies, she was apprehended at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to the police.
On Monday afternoon, a daytime gunshot sent highly armed police officers to crowded midtown, prompting the police to momentarily ask citizens to keep off the streets as they searched for the shooter.
The Atlanta Police said that Raissa Djuissi Kengne had been detained at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and that police had found a semiautomatic handgun about two hours after the shooting. The cops didn’t disclose a potential reason right away.
At a press conference on Monday, interim Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum stated, “We do not believe these were random acts of violence.” We think the people who suffered harm today were probably targeted.
Murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during a felony, and false imprisonment are among the many allegations Ms. Kengne is facing. At a hearing on Tuesday morning, she was not granted bond.
Ms. Kengne’s mother, Paule Kengne, said over the phone on Monday night that her daughter had recently resigned her job and had never handled a pistol before.
Mayor Andre Dickens complimented the effective collaboration and professionalism of law enforcement organizations as well as the crucial assistance and knowledge from the public, both of which he claimed had assisted the police in finding the woman. According to the authorities, a vast camera network also aided in the hunt.
At the news conference, Mr. Dickens declared, “I want to make it absolutely obvious that the security of the airport was never compromised.” Before entering any of the airport’s controlled zones, the suspect was caught.
The police reported that they had responded to a complaint of a person being shot at a high-rise condominium tower at 1280 West Peachtree Street at or around 1:45 p.m.
According to the authorities, two shooting victims were discovered by the officers. According to the police, one of the victims passed away while the other was rushed to the hospital; it was not immediately known what condition that person was in.
At around 2 p.m., officers at 1280 West Peachtree Street received a second complaint about a person shot at 1100 Peachtree Street, which was located less than a mile away, according to Chief Schierbaum. Police said they discovered another individual there who seemed to have been shot. Police reported that after being transferred to the hospital, the victim passed away.
The deceased were identified as Michael Shinners, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Wesley Freeman, 41, of Atlanta by the Fulton County Medical Examiners office.
When the shooting first started, the police called Midtown “active” and local television outlets showed heavily armed officers patrolling the streets.
According to Chief Schierbaum, police from several law enforcement agencies responded in accordance with the protocol for a potential active shooter in the region. He claimed that the police ordered people to hide in place and scoured the area until they found a track that led to the airport.
State troopers stopped one of the city’s busiest corridors at the start of rush hour just before 4 p.m. on a section of roadway just south of Atlanta’s downtown area.
However, even before the troopers closed the road, motorists could see a law enforcement reaction in progress as at least a dozen police cars—many of them unmarked—including at least one armored personnel carrier—raced south toward the airport with their blue lights blazing.
The woman at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport was reportedly taken into jail without incident, according to the police.
Reporting was also contributed by Alan Blinder and Eduardo Medina.