SHEFFIELD — Authorities hope to receive a preliminary autopsy report today on the Muscle Shoals man who was shot during a weekend home invasion.
Dorian Cliff 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 room, police said.
Police Capt. Scott Wallace said Sunday they are searching for clues and information about the men who committed the act.
"We've gotten a few leads and are following up on them," Wallace said. "We are also waiting on preliminary results on the autopsy. That should come (today)."
Wallace said they have a possible lead on one suspect, but he did not go into detail because the investigation is ongoing.
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.
Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said the home invasion and shooting were at a residence in the 200 block of 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 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 was in the living room when the men entered the house. They knocked her down and 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. The bullet went through his arm and into his chest.
Police said witnesses told them the men were walking when they left after the shooting, but detectives believe a car was parked nearby.
Ray said one theory investigators are looking into is that Hamilton was a target.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 256-383-1771 or Crime Stoppers at 256-386-8685.
Bernie Delinski can be reached at 256-740-5739 or bernie.delinski@TimesDaily.com.