Hamilton Police Investigating City’s 8th Homicide

Hamilton Police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old female after she was shot early this morning.

Shortly after 4:00 a.m., Hamilton Police responded to a 911 call on St. Matthews Avenue. Upon arriving, police located a 17-year-old female with a gunshot wound. She was transported to hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Hamilton Police are searching for two male persons of interest that were seen fleeing the scene. The males are believed to be in their early twenties. One may have a short brown buzz cut, while the other male has long brown hair. The males exited the rear of the residence and fled down an alleyway in an unknown direction.

There were approximately five people in the residence at the time of the shooting and police are still looking to speak to all witnesses. Police are also applying for search authority to enter the residence.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is not known.

The firearm remains outstanding. Police will be in the area canvassing door-to-door for witnesses and any surveillance footage captured early this morning. A search team will be combing the area looking for the firearm. Residents are also encouraged to thoroughly search their property in case the weapon has been tossed or concealed.

The family has requested privacy and time to grieve their loss. The victim’s name will not be released.

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime, you are asked to contact Detective Geoffrey Burbidge at 905-546-2288.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com.