Homicide detectives have been called in to investigate following the discovery of a man's body on the steps of a north Edmonton home early Friday.

Police were dispatched after reports of gunfire near 87th Street and 164th Avenue at about 3:30 a.m.

Residents of the neighbourhood awoke to find crime scene tape and police cruisers blocking off a two- or three-block area that 
included Florence Hallock Elementary-Junior High School.

Mike Canoa, who walked through the area while taking his son to school, said it was disturbing, given that police had been called to a homicide just a few blocks away over the summer.

"It's a very quiet community," Canoa told CBC News. "We stick to our own – we're very quiet and it just seems like for the last couple of months it seems there's a change in the view of the community."   

Canoa said he is thinking about moving.

"It's worrisome,"  added Mary Henoch, who has two children who go to the school."I don't want to have to explain to my kids what murder is."

Many parents in the neighbourhood kept their kids home from the school after seeing the crime scene.

A message has sent a message to parents stressing that the incident is not related to the school.