Truck tested in parking lot killing of mother

Snellville Police Chief Roy Whitehead said Monday that investigators sent an older-model white pickup truck to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to be processed for trace evidence.

The truck belongs to a family member of the victim, 25-year-old Heather Strube, but police declined to identify the relative.

"It's not definitive that that's the truck," Whitehead said.

Whitehead said it could take two weeks or more before the results are available.

Strube was shot dead on April 26 in the parking lot of a busy Target shopping center in Snellville. The suspect, who wore a wig and mustache disguise, was seen standing near a white, early 1990's pickup truck in the back of the parking lot.

Police believe Strube may have known the attacker.

She met her estranged husband, Steven Strube, at the shopping center around 6 p.m. that day to do a custody swap. The shooting happened moments after Strube placed her toddler son inside her SUV.

Witnesses saw the husband drive away from the scene shortly before the suspect walked up. Investigators have said they do not believe the husband was the shooter, although they have not ruled out the possibility he was involved.

Surveillance video footage indicated the suspect may have been a woman, police said.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.