The 19 year old man shot and killed trying to assist another man being accosted in Hamilton Saturday night has now been identified as Yosif Al- Hasnawi,  a Brock University student.  The shooting took place near a mosque in the area.


Police say witnesses report that the man Al- Hasnawi was trying to help was a senior who was being confronted by two men .  When he tried to intervene, he was shot and the search is still on for two white males in their 20’s in connection with the shooting.

They’re described as:

  • A white male in his 20s with a medium to darker complexion, black hair and a medium build. His hair was long with a ponytail wrapped at the top of his head. He wore a hood, backpack and jeans.
  • A white male in his 20s with a bald/shaved head. He was shorter than the first suspect and had a light complexion. He was also heavier than the first suspect and wore a hoodie and jeans.

Questions About Paramedics on Scene

Further questions have now also arisen in the investigation including how paramedics treated the victim. Paramedics say they won’t comment on the specific case, citing the police investigation

Witnesses which include a local Muslim leader, Amin Al-Tahir told the CBC he watched as paramedics told Al-Hasnawi he was fine, even though the university student said “I can’t breathe.”

Another witness backs up this statement saying paramedics told him it was just a wound from a pellet gun and that he would be fine.

The teen was taken to hospital and later died from his injuries.

Anyone with information should call Det. Doug Jonovich at 905-546-4863. 



A 19 year old man has been fatally shot say police after trying to intervene in a Hamilton fight last night.

At about 9 p.m. in the area of Main Street East and Wentworth Street South, the vicitim reportedly saw two males accosting another male in the area and tried to intervene. When he did so however, the two males then turned on him and shot him with what police believe was a handgun.

The young man was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 10 p.m.

The homicide unit has been called in to investigate and police say the firearm and the suspects have not yet been located.

Police are looking for any witnesses as well as surveillance video from businesses on Main Street East between Grant Avenue and Sanford Avenue, or Sanford Avenue South between Main Street East to Cannon Street. Police want any video captured between 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.

This is the fourth homicide by shooting in the city this year, including the last three in a row and Hamilton’s 9th homicide this year.

Police have not yet released the name of the victim, pending notification of next of kin.

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