A Toronto man,, Brett Ryan, 35, has been taken into custody and charged with three counts of first degree murder. Detective Mike Carbone said that the incident was connected to the evacuation of a Queen's Quay building after a suspicious package was found. The relationship of the two incidents is yet to be explained.
According to police spokesperson David Hopkinson, the police originally responded to a report of a stabbing only to find three people hit by crossbow bolts. Two men and a woman were pronounced dead at the scene. Hopkinson said that the police had no idea why the attack took place. The attack took place in Scarborough east of the downtown and a suburban residential area. It is thought that all three of the dead are related. There was another victim who was taken to the hospital but did not have serious injuries. A crossbow was found at the scene.
A neighbor Jerome Cruz said that he heard screams before things went silent and it sounded like a fight in the garage. He said: "It was going on for about five minutes — the screaming." Cruz had lived in the area for about 2 years and said the people in the house were normally very quiet. He said he found it very strange to hear the noise and screaming.
Crossbow bolts are projectiles under 40.6 centimeters (16 inches). Anything longer is considered an arrow. No licence is required to buy or own a crossbow. The crossbow is not suited for quick multiple shots. It is not clear how three people were shot apparently by the same man. It takes some time to reload after a shot. Crossbows are used by some people in hunting animals such as deer.
This is not the first incident with a crossbow in Toronto. In 2010, Zhou Fang shot his father in the back with a crossbow in a Toronto public library before smashing his skull with a hammer. As Fang had suffered domestic abuse he was convicted on the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
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Ken is a retired philosophy professor living in the boondocks of Manitoba, Canada, with his Filipina wife. He enjoys reading the news and writing articles. Politically Ken is on the far left of the political spectrum on many issues.