Police had made no arrests as of Thursday afternoon in the shooting that happened just after midnight at the Pointe at Marietta Apartments, 1275 Cunningham Road near Powder Springs Street.
Officers were called to the apartment complex after a 911 call reporting shots fired or a person shot, said Marietta Police Detective Chris Lindsey.
A black man was found lying in the parking lot of the complex next to a vehicle, Lindsey said. The man was treated at the scene and transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Lindsey said the victim had reported addresses that are not connected to the complex, but he could not confirm whether or not the deceased man lived in the apartments.
No suspects had been taken into custody Thursday afternoon.
“We have some leads,” Lindsey said. “I wouldn’t say we have any suspects.”
One resident of the complex, who did not wish to identify herself, told the MDJ she heard a single gunshot just after midnight. Within 10 minutes, she said, police had arrived and were attempting to resuscitate the victim.
“I seen one officer pumping him,” the resident said, describing the officer’s attempt to revive the victim using CPR.
The parking lot of the complex was lit with blue police lights and taped off for about five hours early Thursday, the resident said.
The leasing office of Pointe at Marietta Apartments was preparing to send a notice out to its renters calling the incident “random” and stating that it involved individuals who were not residents. A leasing agent said the office is fully cooperating with police.
Some residents described the neighborhood as normally quiet and safe.
“People don’t really come out around here,” said Matthew Parsons, who lives in the complex. “Kids play during the daytime, but at night it’s like a ghost town.”