Hamilton police to charge three youths with murder after 17-year-old found dead
Joshua Freeman, CTV News Toronto
Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019 7:19AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, April 16, 2019 6:23PM EDT
Hamilton Police say they expect to lay first-degree murder charges against three youths after a 17-year-old boy was found dead in a vehicle that plowed into a wooded area Monday night.
At around 7:35 p.m., emergency crews responded to reports that a single vehicle had left the roadway and landed in a forested area near Patterson and Wesley roads in Dundas.
First responders found a lone male without vital signs in a vehicle. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police have since identified the teen as Abdalla Hassan.
In a news release, Hamilton police said the 17-year-old victim “sustained injuries inconsistent with a motor vehicle collision.”
Witnesses reported seeing three males fleeing the area.
Police searched the area and three suspects were found a short distance from the scene.
“Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and the public is not at risk,” police said in the release, adding that they are not looking for any more suspects.
The three suspects in custody are expected to be charged with first-degree murder later this morning, police said.
Police later said Hassan died as the result of a gunshot wound. Investigators also said a weapon was located at the crime scene.