Hamilton, Ontario,

Hamilton’s First Homicide of 2020

Hamilton Police continue to process the scene of Hamilton’s first homicide and encourage anyone with surveillance footage to come forward to police.

Around 11:30 p.m. on January 29, 2020, Hamilton Police received a 911 call in relation to shots fired inside a residence at 21 Harvey Street in Hamilton. Police responded within two minutes of the call being placed. Upon arrival, police located 46-year-old David Stevens suffering from a gunshot wound. The male was unresponsive and CPR was performed by officers and paramedics. The male was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The residence, which is a seven bedroom rooming house, was checked for other victims and all occupants were transported to Central police station where witness statements were provided. Hamilton Police Victim Services also responded and relocated the occupants of the house to a local hotel as the scene was secured pending a thorough forensic examination.

Members from the Division 10 detective office along with ACTION officers assisted the Major Crime Unit investigators with witness interviews and canvassing the area for potential surveillance video.

It is believed that there were three male suspects who attended the residence in a four-door, silver coloured sedan. Video Technicians will be collecting surveillance video footage from the area today and the ACTION team will be out again canvassing for witnesses and additional video footage. A more detailed description of the suspects and vehicle will be shared once investigators have had a chance to review video and assess the information provided by witnesses.

Forensic Identification officers were on scene throughout the night and will continue to process the scene again today.

Major Crime detectives along with Victim Services staff travelled out of town to locate and notify the victim’s next-of kin. The family has asked for some privacy as they come to terms with their loss.

The motive for the murder is unknown at this time and the weapon used has not been recovered.

If you have any information that you believe could assist Police with the investigation into this crime you are asked to contact Detective Rich Wouters of the Major Crime Unit by calling 905-546-4921.

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