A 22-year-old man died after being shot multiple times in the stairwell of an apartment complex Sunday night in a small Clayton town, which hasn’t seen a homicide in almost two decades.
And investigators on Monday were trying to determine what prompted this shooting in the town of about 3,000. So far, police have no suspect and they are waiting to notify the victim’s next of kin before releasing the man’s name.
The shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. at Rainwood Apartments at 1885 Harper Drive, adjacent to Clayton State University, according to Lake City police. Officers responded to the scene about two minutes and found the man dead from multiple gunshot wounds, police Chief David Colwell said.
The victim, who was visiting someone at the complex, was sitting in stairwell outside building 19 listening to music when someone shot him several times, mostly in the upper body with a semi-automatic pistol, Colwell said. A man was seen running from the scene after the shooting, but so far police have not been able to get a detailed description of the man.
“We’re still trying to find witnesses to figure out what happened and what they saw,” Colwell said. Though he said, police do have at least one witness who they are working with to find out as much as possible, according to a media report. It's unclear if any words were exchanged between the victim and the suspect before the shooting.
Police have not released any information on who the man was visiting and it’s unclear where he was from, but police said he did not live at the complex.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is conducting the autopsy on the man, is also assisting in the investigation, police said. Colwell said his city hasn't had a homicide since around 1996 or 1997.