On Monday, I received texts confirming one of my biggest fears in the community association industry: a deadly shooting at a condominium community in Atlanta.
Senseless acts of violence have no place in our communities, and it feels so helpless to offer thoughts and prayers to families, friends, and colleagues of dedicated CAI Georgia Chapter member Michael Patrick Shinners, CMCA, AMS, PCAM. Michael, an on-site manager with Beacon Management Services, was shot and killed by a homeowner at his workplace, 1280 West condominium on West Peachtree Street. The chief building engineer also was injured during the shooting.
Our industry is shaken by this tragedy, and I expect there are community managers across the country who feel a sense of unease heading into work today. Nobody should live in fear. No workplace should be unsafe. No community should have an active shooter who targets management.
My heart breaks for Michael’s family, the 1280 West community, the CAI Georgia Chapter, and everyone impacted by the terrible tragedy.
CAI is committed to immediately begin discussing public policy options, training programs, resources, and support to ensure this never happens again. I ask you to please share your thoughts or ideas on anything that should be part of the conversation by emailing me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CAI community is strong. I ask you to stand in support of the victims’ families, colleagues, and the entire Georgia community. I encourage you to connect with your colleagues, clients, and friends to support one another during this very difficult time. CAI is here for you. Please reach out anytime.
Rest in peace, Michael.