According to the Richmond County's Sheriff's office, deputies heard what sounded like gunshots shortly before 12:30 a.m. and arrived at River Glen Apartments, 201 E. Telfair St., to find Angelo Quinn Daggett dead behind Building Y.
Records show that Daggett had multiple arrests and convictions and was released from the Macon State Prison at the end of March.
Brandies Devoe, who lives in a nearby building, said she heard the gunshots and eventually looked outside her window and saw Daggett on the ground, where he appeared to be shot in the face. However, Devoe said she didn't see anyone else or see any cars drive away.
Another man who lives across the street, Wesley Godbold, said he heard about eight shots around midnight, then the police came almost immediately. Godbold said gunshots aren't uncommon in the neighborhood, but it was obvious something was different Saturday morning.
"You could tell by the sound of the gunshots that somebody was getting shot at," Godbold said.
Devoe said she ignored the first gunshot because she's so used to hearing them, but after she heard the sound of the second gun, she got out of bed and looked down to see Daggett lying on the ground.
"It was like he was looking up at me, so it was kind of creepy," she said.
By late Saturday afternoon, two patches of red, white and blue flowers had been placed where Daggett was shot, and a teddy bear holding more flowers was placed up against the building.
Richmond County's Lt. Calvin Chew, the lead investigator for the case, said no more information was available as of Saturday evening. He expects to put out a flier with a photo of Daggett asking for help from the public by Monday or Tuesday.
This was the seventh homicide in Richmond County this year.
A woman who was walking near the scene Saturday afternoon said people shoot guns "every night" at River Glen, where she's lived for two years.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, said the neighborhood has rampant drug problems, and she's so afraid for her children's safety that they stay with her mother.
Records show it's not the first time the neighborhood has seen violence.
Michael Faulks was convicted last year for the murder of 22-year-old Jamar White at Faulks's River Glen apartment in January 2009.
In March 2010, a 16-year-old Laney High School student was wounded by a stray bullet at River Glen.
Two months later, a 22-year-old man reported to the sheriff's office that he was shot at while in his vehicle at the apartment complex.
In August 2009, 30-year-old Yerby Foston was arrested after he shot his wife in their apartment.
No one in the neighborhood said Saturday that they knew Daggett, who lived in the 3100 block of Arcadia Drive.
He was sentenced to two years in prison in October 2009, when he was convicted of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. He was also convicted in 2006 for theft by receiving stolen property.