Toronto police have identified the first homicide victim of 2017.
Anthony Earl Smith, 41, of Toronto was shot in the chest early Sunday morning near Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street.
Police say it happened behind an apartment building at about 7:45 a.m. Smith was alive when paramedics arrived but later succumbed to his injuries at hospital.
Police are looking for as many as two suspects but do not yet have concrete descriptions. They say one is about five-foot-eight or five-foot-nine and was seen fleeing north from the crime scene.
No weapon has been recovered.
The scene of the homicide was not far from that of the last murder of 2016 when a man was stabbed to death on Sherbourne north of Shuter back on Christmas Day.