Hamilton police have released surveillance video showing four men believed to be connected with the shooting death of a man in the lower city on Wednesday night.
The city’s seventh homicide happened in an alley near Cannon Street East and Gibson Avenue around 10:30 p.m., according to detectives.
Police said officers found a 38-year-old suffering from gunshot wounds who later died in hospital.
WATCH: Hamilton police released video of four men running down an alleyway just west of Chestnut Ave. on Wednesday night after a nearby shooting. Investigators can only describe the four as ‘persons of interest’ at present.
Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk of the major crimes unit said investigators believe the victim was the target of a robbery and that the perpetrators went to his home “for a purpose.”
“So it appears there was an incident that happened inside of his residence that I believe, was a robbery,” said Bereziuk.
“How the suspects came to enter his his house is still unknown, however, that incident led to the outside in the alleyway and that’s where we believe David was shot.”
Detectives have not recovered a weapon and are actively looking for one.
Berezuik said the victim lived with his mother and that he had “very minor” incidents with Hamilton police.
The video released on Friday shows men fleeing down an alleyway just west of Chestnut Avenue.
Detectives say the ‘persons of interest’ can only be described as four males at this time.
They were last seen by witnesses running eastbound from Gibson Street toward Chestnut Avenue.
Anyone in the area who may have surveillance video or additional information is asked to contact Det. David Brewster at 905-546-4067 or anonymously submit a tip through Crimestoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).