Three youth are now facing first-degree murder charges in connection with the death of a 17-year-old boy in Hamilton Monday evening.
According to police, officers were called to the area of Patterson and Wesley Roads in Dundas around 7:35 pm, after receiving reports of a single motor vehicle collision.
A vehicle had reportedly left the roadway and landed in the forested area, police say.
When authorities arrived at the scene, they located a lone 17-year-old male dead inside the vehicle.
Hamilton paramedics and firefighters attempted life-saving measures, however, they were unable to revive him.
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Upon further investigation, authorities say the victim had sustained injuries that were inconsistent with the motor vehicle collision.
Witnesses had reported seeing three males fleeing the area and additional patrol units were sent to the area and officers arrested three teens matching the description not far from the crash scene.
Although the investigation is in its infancy, three male youths have been arrested and will be charged with first-degree murder at the John Sopinka Courthouse later today, according to authorities.
Investigators believe this was a targeted incident and the public is not at risk and police say they are not seeking any more suspects at this time.
The cause of the boy’s death remains under investigation by the coroner.
This marks Hamilton’s second homicide of 2019.