Hamilton

Police release photos showing person of interest in shooting death of Toronto teen

Natshon Defreitas was pronounced dead in hospital following the shooting, which police say happened at an empty office building on Beach Road around 4 a.m. on Sept. 23.

The pictures were taken at Modrn Nightclub hours before the Sept. 23 homicide

Police are searching for this man as a person of interest in an east end homicide last summer. (Hamilton Police Service)

Hamilton police have released photos of a man they describe as a person of interest in connection with an east-end shooting at an after-hours party last summer that left a Toronto teen dead.

Natshon Defreitas was pronounced dead in hospital following the shooting, which police say happened at an empty office building on Beach Road around 4 a.m. on Sept. 23.

On Monday the service released photos showing a man walking and smiling with a group of other people.

Police say the images were captured at Modrn Nightclub hours before the the shooting.

"While it is unclear to investigators whether this individual played a role in Defreitas' death, detectives are interested in speaking with him," according to a media release.

Defreitas, a 19-year-old from Toronto, was described by his family as a charismatic teen who loved sports and dancing.

Natshon Defreitas, 19, was shot and killed while attending an after-hours party in Hamilton on Sept. 23. His family describes the teen as a charismatic young man who loved dancing and sports. (GoFundMe)

Investigators previously said they believe party at the building wasn't a one-time event and that a number of other gatherings had been held there.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Det. Andrew Coughlan by calling 905-546-3874 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Anyone with information about this man of the death of Defreitas is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers. (Hamilton Police Service)

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