SHEFFIELD — Police said Monday they believe a man killed during a home invasion during the weekend was the target of the shooting.
Investigators added the invasion and fatal shooting of Dorian Cliff Hamilton likely involved drug-related activity.
“Based on information and evidence we have, we believe this was a targeted shooting,” Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said.
Hamilton, 27, died late Friday after two masked men broke into a residence he was visiting and fired a fatal shot while he was trying to close the door to a back bedroom, police said.
Ray said officers found marijuana, cocaine and bath salts inside the room where Hamilton and five others were at the time of the shooting. Hamilton was struck once, with the bullet going through his arm and into his chest, emergency workers said.
“From what we know at this point, we believe this was a drug-related shooting,” Ray said. “We don’t believe this was just some random home invasion. We believe the home invasion was because of drug trade.” Police Capt. Scott Wallace said police are following up on leads they hope will help them identify the men involved.
“We do have a some people we want to talk to because we believe they could know something about the shooting that could help our investigation,” Ray said. “We are looking for a couple of vehicles that could have been in the area at the time of the shooting.”
Hamilton, who lived on Fords Way in Muscle Shoals, died at Helen Keller Hospital about 11 p.m. Friday, about an hour after emergency crews were notified of the shooting.
Detectives said the home invasion and shooting were at a residence at 219 Sterling Boulevard, near Avalon Avenue in the southeast section of the city.
Ray said police have statements from witnesses and recovered evidence from inside the home.
Witnesses told police two black men broke into the house. Both reportedly wore ski masks and were armed with guns. Police said one was wearing a blue jacket and the other a black jacket.
An elderly woman, who was in the living room when the men entered the house, was knocked down as the men headed toward a back bedroom.
Wallace said at some point the two men ordered everyone to get on the ground.
Ray said apparently the people in the bedroom saw the intruders coming and Hamilton tried to keep them out by shutting the bedroom door. Witnesses told police Hamilton was pushing against the door with his body when the shot was fired.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 256-383-1771 or Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.