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Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2007 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:54 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Justin Cox

Killeen Daily Herald

A man was found shot to death in a hotel room at the Hallmark Inn & Suites at midday Friday, and police are still looking for the gunman.

Joshua James Montague, 26, of Killeen, was pronounced dead at 2:02 p.m. by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin, who ordered an autopsy that will be performed in Dallas. Montague, described as a white/Asian male, suffered at least one gunshot wound to the chest, police said.

Killeen police released very little information on the ongoing investigation, but detectives are investigating the death as a homicide. No suspects have been identified. The case continues to be investigated by KPD, who requests that anyone with knowledge about the incident to call the Killeen Police Department at 501-8830 or Crimestoppers, at 526-TIPS (8477).

The hotel management said they have no comment regarding the incident, and have instructed their staff to remain silent as well.

Several hotel residents said they heard at least one gunshot just before noon Friday. One man, who wished not to be identified, said the hotel's morning manager discovered the body during routine room checks after check-out time. He said the man was found dead in the shower.

KPD Public Affairs Officer Carroll Smith confirmed that the person who notified police saw the body prior to notifying them.

This is the fifth homicide in Killeen in 2007, and Montague is now the third shooting victim whose death remains a mystery. Detectives continue to investigate the double murder last month when Darius Treymane Westbrook, 30, and his girlfriend, Natasha Williams Brannum, 36, were found on the floor of their home at 2506 Grasslands Drive early on Saturday, April 27.

James Kirkwood was staying in a room six doors down and around the corner from the now-taped-up hotel room.

"I was coming back from McDonald's at about 1:30," Kirkwood said, about the time police were alerted via a 911 call. "That's when I saw the flashing lights."

Kirkwood, who has been a guest of the hotel since Wednesday, said he must have slept through the gunshots. Friday was his last night in Killeen after spending the latter part of the week with friends looking for apartments in the area.

He said he was taking the bus back home to Mississippi, and although a man was shot to death just down the hall from him earlier that day, he said it didn't change his intention of moving to Killeen in the near future.

Contact Justin Cox at jcox@kdhnews.com or call (254) 501-7568

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