07/23/2014 05:17 EDT | Updated 09/22/2014 05:59 EDT

Brandon Hughes: Police seek tips on 2009 homicide

After coming home from a night out at Vancouver's Celebration of Lights fireworks show, 28-year-old Brandon Vito Hughes was gunned down outside his North Vancouver home.

His father, Kevin Hughes, heard the commotion and ran out to the front gate.

He tried in vain to save his son but in the early morning hours of July 23, 2009 Brandon Vito Hughes was pronounced dead in hospital.

Now, five years later, the Lower Mainland's Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is issuing a public plea for information about the shooting.

"The investigation remains open and active," said Sgt. Adam MacIntosh. "Time and distance can be a factor in our favour in historical investigations. There are people out there who know what happened and we need them to come forward."

MacIntosh says police believe Hughes was targeted, but little information is known about who pulled the trigger.

Police are urging anyone with information to call IHIT at 1-877-551-4448, email, or submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers.