Jackie Fort saw the apartment on Pursley Street as an easy target.
"He saw the opportunity to steal something," says resident Freddie Hollingsworth.
Late Thursday night, Fort's plan backfired.
"The dude let loose on him, and we heard about six or seven shots... Boom, boom, boom, boom," says Hollingsworth.
According to the Macon Police, they were fired by homeowner Cedric Williams.
"Two wrongs don't make a right, but you gotta have some way to defend yourself," says resident, Michael Norwood.
That Self-defense turned deadly, but crime isn't uncommon in this neighborhood.
"We had at least seven attempts to break in, in the last two months," says Hollingsworth, "we are not being protected by the law or nobody."
Thursday's late night chaos, is convincing some residents that an "eye for an eye" is the their only protection.
"If a criminal got a gun you have to have one too, so that you can defend yourself if somebody come in," says Norwood.
This incident is prompting Hollingsworth to take action like his neighbors.
"People should have the right to protect where they live."