Murder suspect described after Hamilton shooting


Published January 3, 2024 at 4:51 pm

Police have described two suspects in the fatal shooting of Daniel Musafiri last weekend.

Musafiri 29, was fatally shot in the chest near Queen St. and York Blvd. around 11 p.m. on Dec. 29. Musafiri was still alive when first responders found him, but he later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

When police confirmed Musafiri’s death the next day, they also confirmed multiple suspects were seen fleeing the area. However, they did not provide any descriptions. They also did not confirm if the attack was targeted or random.

Details remained space for several days. In the meantime, a GoFundMe was set up in Musafiri’s honour to cover his funeral expenses. However, on Jan. 3 police provided more information. Investigators have learned Musafiri was at Boulevard Billiards at 303 York Blvd. on the night of the shooting.

As he left the bar, he was confronted by a man in a black 2022 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The pair briefly spoke before Musafiri was shot. The Dodge fled the area and was last seen heading south on Queen St., leaving a townhouse complex at 103 Queen St. N.

Police described the man as Middle Eastern with a fair complexion. He is between 25 and 30 years old and had a full beard. Investigators also believe a woman saw Musafiri get shot and have called on her to come forward as a witness. They describe her as Black, between 25 and 30 with black hair. She was wearing a grey Roots sweatsuit and flip-flops.

Daniel Musafiri originally hailed from the Congo, according to his Facebook, and moved to Hamilton by the time he attended high school. His was the 11th and final murder in Hamilton of 2023. The fundraiser has gathered $8,090 of its $15,000 goal.

This is the second murder at Boulevard Billiards. Obsa Junedi-Mohamed, also 29, was shot and killed outside the pool hall in October 2019. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) later confirmed his suspected killer, Ibrahim Issak-Hussen, fled the country to Ethiopia. While this sparked an international manhunt, Issak-Hussen has not been found.

Anyone with information about Musafiri’s murder can call Det. Dave Tsuchida at 905-546-4123 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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