25-year-old Chesterfield man shot to death outside townhome

Posted at 12:32 AM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 01:04:31-05

CHESTERFIELD, Va. -- Chesterfield police were looking for a killer Thursday night. 25-year-old Wilbur Higgs was gunned down at his townhome complex just before noon and police are trying to figure out why. Crime tape and cops were part of the Thursday afternoon wintry mix off Castlewood Road.

"You always want to think it's a nail gun, or someone doing a roofing job, and you hope that's the case until the officers knock,” said John Guritz, who was inside his townhome when he heard five to seven pops.

Trisha Brown also heard the commotion. "I heard four or five gunshots and saw people running towards the body," she said.

Police arrived on the scene seconds after the 911 call and found Higgs in a common area, dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

Police want to know if you saw a car leaving that area.

"We have a vehicle we are interested in. We are not 100 percent sure it's connected to the homicide, however,” said Capt. David Shand. “It's a black Infiniti with chrome rims and accents, driven by a male that looked to have a medium complexion."

Detectives interviewed people living in the Treetop Townhomes. They haven't released a motive but say they'll look everywhere for clues, including the victim’s criminal history.

The crime scene in broad daylight was confusing for those who said the neighborhood was a peaceful place to live. The cold and sleet meant police had to break out extra gear to protect evidence.

"The forensic folks will protect it by putting a tarp up,” said Shand. “The weather making it a bit challenging."

If you've seen the car mentioned or know someone who drives a similar vehicle, call Crimesolvers at 804-748-0660.