Hamilton Police Services announced on Thursday, January 30, 2020, that they had launched an investigation into Hamilton's first homicide of 2020. According to HPS, a 46-year-old man was pronounced dead in hospital on Wednesday evening after being shot at a Harvey Street residence. However, this isn't the first time that the city has had to deal with gun violence. 

"On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, shortly after 11:30 p.m., Hamilton Police were called to a residence on Harvey Street. Once inside, police located a 46-year-old male in medical distress. The male was transported to hospital by Hamilton Paramedics, where he later succumbed to his injuries," a police news release reads.

The investigation, which is still in its "early stages," has reportedly caused an "increase in police presence" in the area.

The victim's name has yet to be released as police are still trying to contact the next of kin.

The shooting, although tragic, is one of the many homicides that GTHA authorities have had to deal with.

While it may be Hamilton's first of 2020,  more than half of the GTHA area have already had their first homicide investigation of the year, with Toronto, Durham, and Peel already launching investigations. 

Sadly, gun violence has become a growing issue in Hamilton one that police are working hard to combat.

The city has been considered one of the top five cities in Canada when it comes to gun violence, according to 2009-2017 statistics. 

According to Global News, Hamilton broke a decade-long shooting record in 2019, with 42 incidents being reported in the city by November.

The shocking tally marked a 40% increase in shootings from 2018's record, which was 25.

The Hamilton Spectator reported back in February of 2019, that police had approved the creation of a task force to curb "gun violence and drug trafficking" in the city.

"It is very dismaying whenever gun violence occurs in our community. We are proposing to hire 25 additional police officers in 2019, which will mean increased police presence and increased safety in our community," Deputy Chief Ryan Diodati, Hamilton Police Service, told the Spectator

A 7-year old Hamilton boy was shot twice through his bedroom earlier this month.

He was later rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police reported that the incident marked the city's first shooting victim of the year.

 

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