A female suspect is in jail after two gunshots in Atlanta that left two people dead and one other injured.
Authorities first worried that a shooter could be actively moving through the city’s core with a gun in hand when the Midtown attacks in the afternoon shook the city. However, authorities reported that the attacks appeared to be targeted late in the day.
At a press conference, Mayor Andre Dickens stated, “You are safe at this time.” “Now that the suspect has been captured, everything is back to normal.”
According to Atlanta Police Department Interim Chief Darin Schierbaum at the press conference, police tracked the woman to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where she was taken into custody without a hitch at about 4 p.m.
Police later identified the suspect as Raissa Kengne, 34. According to authorities, she was charged with two charges of murder, four counts of aggravated assault, having a gun while committing a crime, and false imprisonment. On Tuesday, when she appeared in court, the judge kept her incarcerated with no bond.
She may have worked at one of the shooting locations, according to the police, who added that they were looking into any connections to the address.
Schierbaum stated, “We do not believe these were random acts of violence. “We do think the people were targets,”
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has named the deceased gunshot victims as Wesley Freeman, age 41, and Michael Shinners, age 60.
A person reported bullets fired and a potential victim struck near 1280 W. Peachtree St. in Midtown at 1:46 p.m., according to the interim chief.
There they discovered two shooting victims, Atlanta police said in an earlier statement, one of whom passed away and the other was hospitalized. Unknown was the victim’s state of health.
Officers at the location of the shooting were informed at 2 p.m. that someone had been shot at 1100 Peachtree Street, according to the police. They discovered police said, an injured person who had also been hospitalized and passed away, there.
The gunman remained at large.
Police activated their “active shooter routine” because the suspects in both cases fit the same description, including the unusual claim made by witnesses that the assailant was a woman, Schierbaum added.
Regarding the possibility that a gunman was prowling the Midtown neighborhood, he added, “It was symptomatic of a probable active shooter situation.”
According to the temporary police chief, investigators received tips, advised people on neighboring Midtown streets to remain put, and started a citywide search. They eventually concentrated on the airport.
Police claimed in an earlier statement that the apprehension was made possible by their comprehensive surveillance network, public safety partners, and other factors.
The suspect’s two still photos were published by the police. The pictures show a woman holding a purse in her left hand while donning a striped shirt. With her right hand, the woman also dragged what appeared to be a rolling luggage.
As they looked for a suspect, police first advised locals to avoid the area between 12th Street and Peachtree Street NE and 15th Street and W. Peachtree Street NW.
The shootings took place close to Colony Square, a well-liked dining and entertainment destination.