A blood stain is visible in an alley near 157 Avenue and 45 Street, July 24, 2011. Police are investigating what could be Edmonton's 30th homicide, after a man suffered serious injuries around 10:30 p.m July 24, 2011 near 45 Street and 157 Avenue.
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Police are investigating Edmonton's 30th homicide of the year.
The victim, 26-year-old Michael Wayne Tunnicliffe, suffered a fatal gunshot wound around 10:20 p.m Sunday near 45 Street and 157 Avenue. A neighbour in the area said the victim was trying to walk and was able to speak before he was put in the ambulance.
A blood stain near an alley is all that remains of the crime scene, where the man was discovered before being transported by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
John Heykants lives directly across the street and was in his garage Sunday night when he saw the man lying on the street with a blood stain on the stomach area of his T-shirt, around 10:20 p.m.
"I saw a fellow laying spread-eagle on his back on the road here," said Heykants, pointing to the spot.
"He got up, looked around, and tried to make his way to this alley way here and he just went limp and fell face down on the pavement."
Heykants told his wife to call police while he went outside to check on the man, who was clothed in sweatpants, a T-shirt and was barefoot.
"He was mumbling something about getting into it at home," said Heykants. "He said he had to get home."
Heykants stayed with the man, who he believes also suffered a broken nose, to ensure he didn't try to leave until the ambulance arrived.
When emergency responders showed up about 10 minutes later, they looked under the man's T-Shirt and then rolled him on his back for what appeared to be a search "for an exit wound," said Heykants.
When speaking with nearby neighbours Monday morning, some believed they had heard a shot, he added.
"When I saw him last, he was actually walking. He got up and walked into the ambulance," said Heykants.
"He'd been walking for awhile - his feet were black."
Around midnight, police returned to the northside Britnell neighbourhood and told Heykants that the man had died.
"It was odd," said Heykants. "Its a pretty quiet (neighbourhood)."
Police Monday afternoon, after a morning autopsy, determined the victim died of a gunshot wound, deemed the case a homicide.
Tunnicliffe was known to police.
Edmonton currently has the highest homicide count in Canada sitting at 30.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or 780-423-4567.