Homicide Squad detectives have released the images of two men they’re looking to identify as part of their investigation into the death of Chris Habiyakare in Sunshine North earlier this year.
Mr Habiyakare was at his Essex Street home on August 24 with five friends.
About 8.30pm, Mr Habiyakare answered a knock on the door from a group of males and a confrontation occurred.
The group allegedly forced their way inside the house and it’s believed they were armed with a range of weapons including a firearm.
The men and women visiting the house ran from the property, with one of the women smashing a window to get out.
A physical altercation allegedly took place with the armed group and Mr Habiyakare was shot.
The group has then left the property and it’s believed they left the area in at least one vehicle.
Mr Habiyakare died at the scene. No one else was physically injured during the incident.
Investigators believe this was a targeted incident, however the exact motive for the shooting is still to be determined.
It was the second time in the space of a week police had attended the property.
Police are keen to speak to anyone who might know the men pictured in the images and are also appealing for the men themselves to come forward.
Detective Inspector Tim Day said they are also keen to speak to anyone else who may have knowledge of the incidents or the circumstances leading up to the shooting.
“Over the past few months the Homicide Squad has conducted a significant investigation which has led to us being able to put these images together and release them today.
“I believe there are people out there who can identify those involved in Chris’ death. It’s time for those people to do the right thing and come forward.
“At this time, we have a group of people out there who we believe are still in possession of the firearm.”
Mr Day said Mr Habiyakare was known to police and had a history of involvement with drugs.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au