Toronto crossbow attack leaves three people dead, one injured; suspect in custody
A body is seen covered by a tarp on the driveway
Three people were fatally shot with a crossbow in the garage of a Toronto home Thursday afternoon, a fourth person survived with injuries
All three people were found with crossbow bolts in their bodies
Neighbours heard anger and banging coming from across the fence, for about five minutes – “the screaming,” “After that, all quiet.”
35-year-old male suspect arrested at the scene, all victims believed related
Toronto police responding to a call about a stabbing found the two men and one woman bleeding on the ground around 1 p.m. in the Scarborough area of east Toronto, according to spokesman David Hopkinson. Police have arrested a suspect, an as-yet-unidentified 35-year-old man, allegedly related to the victims
All three people were found with crossbow bolts in their bodies. One person is in custody and police say the incident is linked to a suspicious package found in a nearby condominium complex.
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Neighbours say screams rang out just before 1 p.m., rising from the yard of a small bungalow and ringing out through the tree-lined residential street.
It was clearly an argument, one neighbour said — a young man yelling, another man screaming “calm down,” prompting a woman to come out of the house to join them.
Toronto police say they arrived to the sound of silence. Police officers and emergency personnel responding to a 911 call reporting a stabbing at the home were met by a grisly sight.
One male victim was dead on the home’s driveway; the bodies of another male and a woman were found steps away, inside a small garage on the back of the property. All died from what police described as crossbow bolt injuries. The suspect, a 35-year-old man was arrested soon after.
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The identities of the victims and the suspect have not yet been released, but the police source said investigators believe they are related. As of late Thursday night, Toronto police had not yet announced any criminal charges.
Toronto paramedics and police at a home where three people were killed
Just two hours after the bodies were found, the bizarre case took another turn as Toronto police launched a separate, related investigation into a possible bomb threat at a condominium in downtown Toronto.
Around 3 p.m., police ordered residents to evacuate 218 Queens Quay, then called in the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive team to investigate a suspicious package.
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Toronto police Supt. Bill Neadles said late Thursday night that the package was discovered inside one of the units in the building, after police arrived to notify someone in the apartment about “some of the events that may have transpired today.”
They were sent to the unit by a call from one of investigators at the scene of the Scarborough crossbow deaths, Neadles said.The owner of the codo has not been identified.
According to homicide Det.-Sgt. Mike Carbone, police were only beginning their probe into the complex case, and had few details.
“With this being [only] a four-hour investigation, we still have a ways to go to determine what exactly happened,” Carbone said.
Toronto paramedics and police at the home where three people were killed
Immediately after the bodies were discovered, police cordoned off a wide area around the small bungalow, in a normally quiet neighbourhood near Kingston and Mason Rds. Residents arriving home in the afternoon were met with police tape blocking them from entering their houses, likely for hours.
Neighbours believe the home where the deaths occurred has been occupied in the last few years by a middle-aged couple.
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Property records show the house was bought by Susan and William Ryan in 2010. Neighbours home during the incident recounted what the knew of the development. Karen Mercado says William passed away two years ago, says no one inside her home was aware of what happened until a family member went to leave for work and saw a large police presence outside.
Police walk near the scene where three people were shot by a crossbow
“It’s scary this has happened right next door,” Mercado said. “I have two kids and this is usually a very quiet neighbourhood. I was raised in this house for 22 years and nothing like this has ever happened here before.”
Another neighbours, Jerome Cruz, was in his yard which abuts the yard where the bodies were found. Aaround 1 p.m. he heard screaming coming from across the fence.
“I heard somebody screaming in anger and banging. A young man screaming. I heard another man say ‘calm down’ and a lady come from the house,” Cruz said “It was going on for about five minutes — the screaming,”
“After that, all quiet.”.
Dale Lounsbury, who sells crossbows at a sporting goods store in Waterloo, Ont., and owns one himself, said they could be dangerous, [in the wrong hands] due to their power and accuracy. They are however, not suited to firing multiple shots in quick succession, he said.
“Crossbows are not a rapid-fire instrument at all,” Lounsbury said. “I can probably fire two shots a minute, maybe three.”
Unlike guns, buying a typical crossbow does not require a licence.
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