UPDATE: Man shot in Briar Hill parking lot

Police are looking for help from resident in the Briar Hill area after what appears to be a random attack left one man dead.

33-year-old Leonard Pinnock of Hamilton, was in a vehicle parked outside a strip mall in the Dufferin Street and Bowie Avenue area around 9:30 p.m. Friday when he was shot multiple times.

He was pronounced dead a short time later at the scene.

Det. Sgt. Joyce Schertzer told reporters, "We have witness accounts that some males were seen fleeing and they were going into the rear yards. We would like people in the immediate area to check their properties.  If there is any discarded items, anything that doesn't belong to them, call the police."

Investigators believe that Pinnock drove to the strip mall parking lot with a friend and was waiting in his vehicle for that friend to return when he was shot.

Schertzer said that witness accounts indicate that there was more than one suspect but she did not say how many.

Schertzer said that investigators are particularly interested in properties in an area bounded by Caledonia Road to the west, Dufferin Street to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the south and Castlefield Avenue to the north.

“We don’t know the reason for it, but it appears to be a random attack,” Schertzer said of the shooting. “He was in his vehicle at the time. He was waiting for a friend. That’s all we know for now.”

A post-mortem examination is being conducted.

With files from Corinne Van Dusen & CP24