Edmonton police are investigating a shooting early Tuesday in front of this apartment building at 107 Avenue and 108 Street which claimed the life of an unidentified man. ((CBC))

An autopsy will be performed Wednesday on a man who died early Tuesday after being shot outside a downtown Edmonton apartment building.

Police said they went to an apartment in the area of 107 Avenue and 108 Street at about 4 a.m. after receiving reports of gunfire.

Officers arrived to find a man on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body, said Edmonton police spokesperson Patrycia Chalupczynska.

Paramedics treated the victim but he was pronounced dead at hospital, Chalupczynska said. Police cordoned off the area for much of the morning, and set up a canopy to protect the scene from the rain.

A can of beer and some blood-soaked towels could be seen on the ground near where the shooting occurred.

One witness told CBC News they saw a "skinny man" approach a car that was stopped on the street, and then get shot in the chest.

Police have no suspects and have yet to identify the victim.

Gerald Miller lives half a block away from the homicide scene. He said the early morning violence in his neighbourhood comes as no surprise.

"I'm nervous just walking to the store by myself. I see these guys all wired up on crack, walking down the street and it's a little freaky, but they usually don't bother me."

The death is the city's 17th homicide of the 2008.