Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman said on Monday morning that his investigators are following numerous leads in the weekend murder of 32-year-old Curtis Shaun Hubbard, and he confirmed that shots were fired into Hubbard's late model Ford Excursion in a separate incident within the past few weeks.
Hubbard was killed early Sunday morning in a hail of gunfire in the Westlake Community, just northwest of Jasper.
Although there is no official confirmation from investigators, KJAS News counted approximately 22 bullet holes in the rear, and driver side of the sport utility vehicle. Sheriff Newman said the holes were the result of more than one gun bveing used, and each a different caliber, which resulted in the bullet holes being different sizes.
Sheriff Newman said investigators will be trying to determine which bullet holes were the result of Sunday morning's deadly shooting, and which ones were caused during the incident a few weeks ago.
According to Chief Deputy Ralph Nichols, it all began at about 1:20 when 911 dispatchers received a report of shots fired on Farm to Market Road 3414, just south of FM 2800.
Deputy John Cooper said he arrived in the area a short time later, and discovered the white SUV crashed into the wooded area next to the highway. Cooper said he initially thought that it was an unrelated accident involving an intoxicated driver. However, Cooper when he approached the vehicle, he realized that it was riddled with bullet holes, and the rear window had been shot out.
Cooper said when he looked inside, he found the driver shot to death, and slumped over in the front seat.
Chief Deputy Nichols said it is believed that the man was being chased, and shot at by a person, or persons in another vehicle.
Hubbard was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Freddie Miller, and he is expected to order an autopsy.