It happened around 8:40 in the 18-hundred block of Cheek Road near North Hardee Street.
Investigators said 52-year-old Frederick Edgerton of Durham was shot in a parking lot. He was declared dead at the scene.
No other information was immediately available. Officers were seen taking a person into custody, but it wasn't clear if that had anything to do with the shooting.
Residents said Edgerton - known as "Mr. Fred" - was a former Marine who was hired as an apartment manager to step up security at the complex because of crime problems.
"He was trying to help," said one resident.
Edgerton had installed speed bumps and put up a security fence.
Anyone with knowledge about what happened is asked to call Investigator M. Evans at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29336 or Durham CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
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