Murder victim identified as cops hunt killers in first homicide of 2024 in Mississauga

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Published January 4, 2024 at 12:04 pm

Mississauga's first murder of 2024

A Mississauga man gunned down last night in the city’s north end has been identified and police are now actively seeking witnesses as they hunt his killers.

Peel Regional Police homicide investigators said this morning that Shawn Murphy, 26, was shot multiple times during late afternoon rush hour on Wednesday on a busy street in the Meadowvale area of Mississauga.

The city’s first murder victim of 2024 encountered his killers on Battleford Road, just east of Glen Erin Drive in a densely populated residential neighbourhood known in recent years for gun violence.

The scene of the shooting, which took place at about 5 p.m., is just a couple of blocks west of Erin Mills Parkway.

According to police, Murphy was shot several times and then two males were spotted running from the scene. No weapon was recovered.

Investigators don’t have any further description of the culprits and are appealing to witnesses to come forward.

Peel Const. Nikhil Chakravarthy told reporters at the murder scene Thursday morning that “this is a very crowded area (with pedestrians and motorists)” and “we’re urging members of the community who may have seen anything” to come forward and contact police.

Police said the 911 call reporting gunshots was received shortly after 5 p.m. Officers and other first responders quickly located a man, later identified as Murphy, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The victim was rushed to hospital, where he died a short time later.

“Investigation to date has revealed that this shooting occurred on the roadway on Battleford Road east of Glen Erin Drive during the rush hour period,” police said in a news release. “Two suspects, described as males, were seen fleeing the area on foot.”

Police are canvassing the area and going door-to-door Thursday seeking witnesses or any type of video surveillance or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information is asked to call homicide investigators at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205, or Peel Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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