Damion Wright, 26, of Marietta was shot dead in the parking lot of the Pointes of Marietta Apartments on Cunningham Road, according to a release from the Marietta Police Department. Wright was transported for medical treatment but succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead at Kennestone Hospital.
While authorities have some leads according to MPD Detective Chris Lindsey, no arrests have been made.
“He was not a resident of the complex but he is a Marietta resident,” said Lindsey. “Right now there is nothing we can release regarding the motive. We are still actively investigating. I don’t know at this point what the relationship is between (the victim) and the suspect or suspects. We don’t know for certain why he was there.”
The complex where Wright lived is just around the corner from the crime scene where he died.
Pointes of Marietta sits off Powder Springs Street about 2.5 miles from the Square. Officers were called to the apartment complex after a 911 call reported shots fired and/or a person shot, said Lindsey. A black man was found lying in the complex parking lot, Lindsey said.
One resident of the complex, who did not wish to identify herself, told the MDJ on Thursday 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 flashing blue police lights and taped off for about five hours early Thursday, the resident said.
The leasing office at Pointes of Marietta sent a notice to its residents calling the incident “random” and stating it involved individuals who were not residents. A leasing agent said Thursday the office is cooperating fully with police. Some residents have 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.”
The department is looking for help from the public in bringing the killer or killers into custody. Anyone with information about the murder of Wright is asked to call Detective Michael Freer at (770) 794-5477, or call the Marietta police tip line at (770) 794-6990.
— Staff writer Nikki Wiley contributed to this story.