Homicide probe relying on video of burned van

Ottawa police are hoping newly-obtained video from businesses near where a burned out car was found helps them determine a suspect in the city's fifth homicide of the year.

Police counting on stores' surveillance footage near where burned out van was found in Vars

Police are hoping surveillance video obtained from the site of a burned out van helps them identify a suspect in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Ottawa man.

Levy Kasende, 22, pictured here with his daughter, was shot to death just steps away from his ex-girlfriend's home on Innes Road early Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy Sarah Labib)

Levy Kasende was shot and killed in the early morning of Aug. 25 outside his ex-girlfriend's social housing unit at 2676 Innes Road. He was visiting his four-month-old daughter at the time of the drive-by shooting.

Witnesses reported multiple shots rang out at about 12:50 a.m. ET.

In the hours following, police found a burned out van in a field in Vars, south of Ottawa. The vehicle's description is similar to one witnesses say sped off after Kasende was shot.

There is no surveillance footage from the social housing complex, but police do now have video from businesses near where the burned out vehicle was abandoned.

The investigation has been a difficult one for police, so far, as most witnesses are not co-operating. Police have said some of Kasende's friends and neighbours are too scared to talk, while others have refused to talk.

Police found the burned van in this farmer's field in Vars just hours after Levy Kasende was killed in a fatal shooting. Judy Trinh/CBC

Detectives also tell CBC News they know the owner of the burned out vehicle but that person is not saying who took the van. Investigators continue to search for more witnesses.

Major crimes investigators characterize Kasende's death — the city's fifth homicide this year — as gang-related. They said while Kasende was not a known gang member, some of his friends were.