Police say a fatal stabbing in Niagara Falls was the result of fight among a group of people that escalated.
Police say the incident is not believed to be random and that there is not believed to be a threat to the public stemming from the incident.
Detectives from the Niagara Regional Police Homicide Unit continue to investigate the Sept. 6 incident which took place around 2:50 a.m.
Police say that the initial investigation indicates the victim was stabbed with a knife during the fight and left on the ground. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to a nearby hospital for further care but later died of his injuries.
Detectives have obtained images of the suspect who is wanted for second degree murder. It is believed the suspect may have sustained an injury to his head during the interaction with the victim. The suspect is encouraged to contact legal counsel and make arrangements to surrender himself into police custody.
The crime scene that had closed Victoria Avenue and the nearby businesses has been processed by the NRPS Forensic Services Unit. A knife was located near the scene and seized. The scene and roadway have been cleared and re-opened, Niagara Regional Police said in a news release.
Area residents and businesses with external surveillance capabilities that capture Victoria Avenue between Morrison Street and Simcoe Street were encouraged by police to review their footage and contact the lead homicide detective by dialing 905-688-4111, option 3, ext. #1009124.
Anyone who believes they know the identity of the suspect is urged to contact the lead homicide detective as well.
Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously can contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.