Marcus Marks, 28, was pronounced dead at 1:23 a.m. inside a small detached apartment behind a house at 219 E. 22nd St. Calhoun County Assistant Coroner Shane Adrian said Marks died of a single gunshot wound to the back.
No other injuries were reported in the incident, which took place approximately 12:15 a.m., Adrian said.
Confirming the incident for The Star a few hours later, Anniston police Sgt. Jim Studdard characterized it as “basically a drive-by shooting.”
Anniston police Sgt. Josh Doggrell said Sunday that no information could be released yet concerning a suspect. He did say the crime appeared to have arisen from a domestic dispute, based on the preliminary investigation.
As for locating a suspect, Doggrell said, “There is a lead that’s being followed by the investigative team, a lead that may carry them out of town.”
He said he did not know when an arrest might take place.
Several shots were apparently fired, according to witnesses.
Within an hour of the incident, a neighbor on the west side of the 219 address, a woman who asked not to be named, told The Star she had heard five gunshots. She had heard an argument between two people going on outside prior to the shots, then heard a vehicle driving away afterward.
Sunday afternoon, Travis Westbrooks, a neighbor on the east side of that address, said he saw “six or seven” shell casings marked by police in the middle of an alley that runs parallel to and just north of 22nd Street, linking Leighton Avenue to Quintard Avenue.
The four-room apartment in which Marks was pronounced dead faces that alley. Westbrooks was not a witness to the incident, but arrived at his home during the period Anniston police were conducting their investigation next door. He did say two other people were visitors at the apartment at the time of the shooting.
Westbrooks said that his is normally a quiet neighborhood, noting that the apartment had been home to a couple — Marks and a woman — since only the first of the month.
Adrian said Marks’ body will be delivered to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.