Before sunrise Wednesday morning, someone went into Ulysses Pitts’ house and shot him multiple times.
Pitts, 42, died less than an hour later in a Macon hospital’s emergency room.
About 7 a.m., neighbor George Ray heard the doorbell and found two neighbor boys at his door.
“They told me somebody had broken into the house and shot their granddad,” Ray said. “And I went over and found him laying in the bedroom over there.”
Pitts had multiple wounds to his chest and leg, said Ray, who didn’t hear any gunfire.
Bibb County sheriff’s deputies and Macon-Bibb firefighters were called about 7 a.m. to a report of a gunshot victim at Pitts’ house at 1074 McCall Road.
He was pronounced dead at 7:49 a.m. at the emergency room at Medical Center, Navicent Health, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Just before getting word of Pitts’ death, deputies escorted two boys and a woman from the house to the detective bureau for questioning.
Bibb deputies later clarified the boys were not Pitts' grandchildren, as Ray thought, but the sons of Pitts' girlfriend.
Neighbors were shocked by the shooting in the relatively quiet neighborhood off Recreation Road.
“I’ve lived here 30 years, and this is the first home invasion or anything like that around here,” Ray said.
Deputies blocked off the 1000 block of McCall Road as crime-scene technicians gathered evidence inside and outside the house.
“It’s disappointing. I was hoping we could make it a little further into the year before we had our first homicide,” Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said in front of the victim’s house.
Investigators already have leads about possible suspects in the case, but it was too soon to speculate on a motive, Davis said.
“We hit the ground running on it, and hopefully we’ll have some more information and hopefully will have it solved soon,” said Davis before huddling with his investigative team in the street in front of the house.
Crime-scene investigators took a brown paper evidence bag out of the house while other deputies searched the backyard for clues.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.
To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.