Police disappointed by images of Target shooter

SNELLVILLE - A fake mustache. A wig. A single, fatal shot.

Those descriptors are basically all police have to distinguish the slim, white man who fired a fatal shot into Heather Strube's head in a Target parking lot more than a week ago.

Snellville police Chief Roy Whitehead said images provided by the retailer's own forensics lab in Minnesota have thus far been a disappointment - not much better than the slanted, grainy surveillance video footage police had to start with.

"We don't know yet what we'll get from Target when it's completed," Whitehead said. Outside investigators with the national chain store are "saying it might be up to two weeks" before all images are provided, he said.

Strube, 25, of Conyers, was killed within feet of her 18-month-old son, who was secured in her Cadillac Escalade when the disguised gunman - described by witnesses as roughly 5 feet 7 inches tall - shot her near the driver's side door in broad daylight April 26.

Police believe the shooter's sole motive was to kill Strube. They were banking on the distilled forensics photographs to shed light on the gunman's identity.

The parking lot of the Ga. Highway 124 store had served as a rendezvous point for Strube and her estranged husband, Steven Strube, 25, of Lilburn. He had just met her there to hand over their son when she was killed. The couple were in the midst of a divorce, and Heather Strube had recently been staying with a friend in Winder.

When Steven Strube drove away from the scene, the suspect approached Heather, and the two squabbled. Witnesses heard her yell for help before a gunshot was heard.

No charges have been filed in the case. Police say Steven Strube was not the shooter, but they're still weighing the possibility that he was somehow involved, Whitehead said.

"We have not ruled anyone out," he said.

A friend of Heather Strube said her funeral was held Saturday in Conyers.