A handyman who rarely, if ever, said no to anyone, Stacey Marshall had friends in the Pullman Point Apartments, so it wasn't unusual to see him there.
Early Friday morning, his presence there proved fatal.
Shots rang out just after 12:30 a.m. at the affordable housing complex in the 3200 block of Pullman Road. When police arrived, they found Marshall, 51, shot several times in the torso, Richmond police Lt. Shawn Pickett said.
Lifesaving efforts failed, and Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. He was the city's 13th homicide victim of the year.
"He's a very caring and helpful person," said Marshall's mother, Linda Daniels. She sat, grieving, surrounded by neighbors and friends in front of a nearby building, hours after the shooting. "No job was too big for him."
On Friday, police issued a felony arrest warrant for 38-year-old Clarence Keith Bailey, of Richmond, in connection with Marshall's slaying. Police and SWAT officers had unsuccessfully searched the complex for a suspect after the shooting.
An initial investigation indicated a dispute between two men escalated and resulted in the shooting, Pickett said. Marshall and Bailey knew each other, Richmond police Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said, and witnesses at the scene identified Bailey as the possible shooter, she said. The shooting does not appear to be gang-related, she said.
Bailey should be considered armed and dangerous, police said. He is described as a black male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds. He has brown eyes, a head shaved bald and was wearing dark clothing when the shooting occurred, police said.
Police evacuated six to seven apartments during the search, escorting residents to a community center. Witnesses told police that Bailey ran into one of the apartments at the complex, Pickett said.
Marshall, who had celebrated his birthday on Saturday, lived on West Street with his girlfriend but was a regular visitor to the Pullman complex, according to his mother. He did handyman jobs for people at the complex and elsewhere in the neighborhood, and one neighbor consoling his mother said his biggest fault was that "he didn't know how to say 'no.'"
"If something needed to be done," Daniels said, "he did it."
Anyone with information about Bailey is asked to call the Richmond Police Department's anonymous tip line at 510-232-TIPS. They also can call 510-621-1259 and ask for Detective John Ellis or Detective Jason Wentz.