Toronto police released a video appeal Tuesday, asking for witnesses to come forward to help solve the murder Jefflin Beals.

"The Toronto police need your help," the videographer says as the camera sweeps over the murder location -- a patch of bushes between two houses on Crawford Street near Dundas Street in Toronto.

"We know that Mr. Beals had recently arrived in Toronto from Nova Scotia," said the homicide squad's Det. Sgt. Wayne Banks of the 25-year-old Dartmouth, Nova Scotia man.

Police are looking for any information "that might help in identifying why Mr. Beals was in that area at the time of his death, and why he was in Toronto."

In the video, Banks said that numerous people were still in the park at the time of the shooting for Nuit Blanche festivities, and many were walking north on Crawford Street. They are appealing to those people to come forward if they saw or heard anything suspicious in the area.

Beals was driving a black vehicle just before his death, which officers found riddled with bullets near the west-end park when they arrived just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

The discovery prompted police to search the surrounding area. Police found Beals on nearby Crawford Street suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest. He was pronounced dead at St. Michael's Hospital.

The 25-year-old man was an all-star basketball player in high school but had numerous drug, weapons and driving offenses on his record, the Halifax Chronicle Herald reported Monday.

Beals was the intended victim of a drive-by shooting in his hometown two years ago, the Chronicle Herald reported.

Banks is urging anyone who knows anything about the shooting to come forward.

"We're aware of the incident in Toronto, and our investigators here have spoken with the investigators Toronto. We will continue to provide any information and assistance we can, but ultimately it is their investigation," said Halifax Regional Police Const. Brian Palmeter in a phone interview Tuesday.

Toronto police are also appealing to anyone in Nova Scotia that might have information about why Beals was here, or who he was visiting.

"The slightest bit of information could be the most important bit of information," he told reporters on Sunday.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Sgt. Banks directly at 416-808-7411, or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

With a report from CTV Toronto's Colin D'Mello