Law enforcement officials with the Howard County Sheriff's Office say the investigation into the Oct. 27 shooting that claimed the life of one Big Spring man and injured another is still ongoing, as investigators try to piece together the events of the night.
Luis Adolfo Pena, 33, was pronounced dead at Scenic Mountain medical Center shortly after 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 27 from a gunshot wound at the former VFW building, located at 500 Driver Road. A second victim, Raul Mendez, 33, was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center by private vehicle where he was treated for his wounds and released.
An arrest warrant was issued for 19-year-old Chris Daniel Marquez, 19, of Big Spring, who was arrested Oct. 31 in the 1900 block of Sherwood Way in San Angelo on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker.
Parker said Marquez is the prime suspect in the murder case, however, investigators are not ruling anyone out at this time. Marquez has not been charged with murder, law enforcement officials confirmed.
“We have some key forensic evidence we're waiting to come back from the lab,” Parker said. “We're also in the process of interviewing and re-interviewing witnesses in the case.”
Parker said trying to piece together an eyewitness account of the alleged altercation between Pena and Marquez has been a rather frustrating piece of the overall puzzle.
“It has been very tough to find anyone who will talk to us about what transpired,” Parker said. “It's extremely frustrating. Normally, in a situation like this, witnesses would be coming forward and helping us fill in the blanks. However, most of the witnesses we've talked to get to a certain point and they just don't want to talk anymore. Our investigators are having to go through and interview them, then re-interview them to try to get an accurate picture of what happened.”
According to Parker, deputies were dispatched to the former VFW facility — located south of Big Spring, near U.S. Highway 87 — at approximately 2:33 a.m.
“Upon arrival, deputies found Pena in the parking lot suffering from what appeared to be a gun shot wound. Pena was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center by emergency medical services, where he was later pronounced dead.”
Pena's body was sent to Lubbock to undergo an autopsy, which was ordered by Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman, according to law enforcement records.
Parker declined to comment on the cause of the alleged dispute between Pena and Marquez, citing an ongoing investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the HCSO at 432-264-2244 or Big Spring Area Crimestoppers at 264-TIPS (8477).