Saturday 10 December 2016

Three die in Toronto crossbow attack in incident linked to suspicious package

Published 26/08/2016 | 07:25

Police stand as a Forensic Identification Services truck arrives at a crime scene
Police stand as a Forensic Identification Services truck arrives at a crime scene

Three people were killed in an attack involving a crossbow in Toronto's east end on Thursday and police took an injured person into custody, a police spokesman said.

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Police also evacuated a building in Toronto's downtown core later in the day due to a suspicious package in an incident related to the crossbow deaths, Detective Mike Carbone told a news conference. He gave no details on how it was related or what the package contained.

Three died in the crossbow attack
Three died in the crossbow attack

In the initial incident, police responding to a call about a stabbing found three people who appeared to have been injured by crossbow bolts, said another police spokesman David Hopkinson. The two men and a woman were pronounced dead.

"We still have a ways to go," Detective Carbone said four hours into the police investigation. The identities of the victims are not being released until next of kin are notified, he said.

Paramedics said another man was taken to hospital with injuries that were not serious. "He was another victim," spokesman Evert Steenge revealed.

Police have also confirmed that a 35-year-old male suspect, who has injuries, is being held in custody.

Television footage showed police tape surrounding part of a residential street in Scarborough, a suburban area east of the city's downtown area.

Police found the victims after responding to a report of a stabbing at around 1pm local time Mr Hopkinson told CBC News.

"Indications were that [a] person had been stabbed — their injuries were fairly serious," Mr Hopkinson said. "When officers arrived, they found that person and two others suffering from injuries from what we believe to be a crossbow bolt."

Police said a crossbow was found on the floor of the garage.

"We don't have any idea with regards to why this may have happened," said Mr Hopkinson.

Jerome Cruz, a neighbour of the house where the attack happened, told CBC News that he heard screams before things went silent.

He added that it had sounded like there had been a fight in the garage.

"It was going on for about five minutes — the screaming," he explained. "After that, all quiet."

Police also evacuated a building in Toronto's downtown core later in the day due to a suspicious package in an incident related to the crossbow deaths, Detective Mike Carbone told a news conference. He gave no details on how it was related or what the package contained.

In 2010, a man shot his father in the back with a crossbow in a Toronto public library before smashing his skull with a hammer. Zhou Fang, who had suffered domestic abuse, was convicted of a lesser charge of second-degree murder.

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