CORRECTION: The Saskatoon Police Service had previously stated the victim was 16 years old.
Watch above: A shooting Monday evening in Saskatoon has claimed the life of a 15-year-old boy. Meaghan Craig finds out where police are at in the investigation and whether or not officers are searching for a suspect.
SASKATOON – The victim of a shooting in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill neighbourhood on Monday night was a 15-year-old male. That detail was released by the Saskatoon Police Service (SPS) mid-day Tuesday as the information became available.
In an effort to calm fears, police say they are trying to get to the bottom of this case as quickly as possible to determine whether or not what happened was random.
At approximately 6:45 on Monday night, calls came into police regarding a shooting at a home in the 300-block of Avenue Q South and a body was discovered inside.
More than 19 hours later, the forensic identification unit dressed in white jumpsuits, remained on scene walking in and out of the home as police cruisers sat out front.
“There’s photography, there is collecting of physical evidence, there would be detectives interviewing people, our officers would be canvassing the area talking to anybody who might know something,” said SPS spokesperson Alyson Edwards.
“So certainly there are variety of aspects to the investigation at this point.”
Police would not confirm if they have any eyewitnesses at this point or what occurred in the moments leading up to the teen’s death.
“We came home at ten after eight and we were walking up the street, seen the police cars with their lights on and they put the yellow tape across and that’s the only thing I know,” said Dorothy Morin, who just moved into a home down the street.
Police say at this point they are treating the case as suspicious and have determined the identity of the victim.
A scary situation, said Morin, when she learned the age of the victim and admitted to not knowing anything about who lived in the home that was now cordoned off with police tape.
“There’s something wrong, his life has just begun like what could have caused something like this.”
According to police, it’s too early in the investigation to rule it anything but a shooting.
“In any situation involving violent crime we do consider the possibility that there is gang involvement, we don’t know right in this case but it’s something that our detectives would look at.”
An autopsy scheduled for Wednesday should be able to provide more answers to police about the 15-year old’s death and what type of investigation this will end up being.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call police at 1-306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.