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Chris Habiyakare rapper death: Police investigate fatal shooting in Sunshine North

Police have provided an update on their investigation into the ‘targeted’ fatal shooting of a young Melbourne rapper.

Police have released images of two males who may be able to help with the investigation into the fatal shooting of a Melbourne rapper in the city’s northwestern suburbs three months ago.

Chris Habiyakare was allegedly gunned down after a confrontation took place at his home in Sunshine North on Tuesday, August 24.

The musician was at the Essex St address with two male and three female friends, all believed to be aged in their 20s.

About 8.30pm Habiyakare answered a knock on the door from a group of males and a confrontation occurred.

The group forced their way inside the house allegedly armed with a range of weapons, including a firearm, police said.

The men and women visiting the house ran from the property, with one woman smashing a window to get out.

Police will allege a physical altercation took place with the armed group and Habiyakare was shot. He died at the scene.

The group then fled the property and the area in at least one vehicle.

Detective Inspector Tim Day said it was a “targeted incident”, but the exact motive for the shooting was still unknown.

“Police had attended the property on the morning of 21 August following reports of a physical altercation, and at this stage one of the lines of inquiry is determining if there are any links between this and the subsequent fatal shooting,” he said.

“At this stage this is only one but a very important line of inquiry for police.”

Homicide squad detectives on Wednesday released the images of the two males they were keen to speak to in a bid to gather more details on the case.

Inspector Day said Habiyakare was known to police and had a history of involvement with drugs.

“However, he was also much loved by his family and friends, all of whom are still grieving his loss and searching for answers as to why this has occurred,” he said.

“We need to speak to anyone who can shed light on the motive for the shooting and why Chris might have been targeted.”

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