Neighbors react to shooting death of 23-year-old at Kirkland Road home in Covington

A 23-year-old man is dead in Newton County after a shooting early Thursday morning.

The Newton County Sheriff's Office says it responded to a residence on Kirkland Road just west of Covington shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday.

"It was like boom, boom, boom," said Catherine Murdock. "It was just that loud like that."

Murdock lives just across the road from where the deadly shooting happened.

"I heard one gunshot and then when I went back to the bed, I heard like five," she said.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office says deputies rushed to the scene and found a 23-year-old man shot.

Medics rushed him to the hospital, but he did not survive.

A neighbor who did not want to be identified says this is a quiet community, but the home where the shooting happened has had issues.  

"It's not shocking because the place has always had young guys there; they don't really seem to be causing trouble, but you could tell there's something going on," the neighbor said.

Detectives and crime scene techs stayed on scene for roughly five hours overnight working to figure out what happened. Investigators focused a lot of effort on the home and the white SUV in the front yard.  

"Our CID personnel are very thorough, they take their time and that's why they spend so much time in each scene," said Sgt. Jack Redlinger with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators have not identified the victim or said what led up the shooting, but they did say nobody else was injured.

"I pray for the family because it's hard to lose someone like that and not return home," Murdock said.

So far, no arrests in the case.

If you know anything, call the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.