Investigators in a Canadian suburb of Toronto are asking the public for help in identifying a suspected hitman who allegedly shot a woman with a crossbow while posing as a delivery person.
The attempted hit took place on Nov. 7 in Mississauga when emergency services responded to an incident to find a 44-year-old woman suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to the Peel Regional Police.
“It has since been determined that the victim answered the front door of her residence and was met by the suspect who was carrying a large box and posing as a delivery man,” police stated. “After a brief conversation, the suspect shot the victim with an arrow using a crossbow that was concealed inside of the box. The suspect then fled the area.”
Surveillance footage, released this week, from the scene captured images of the horrific incident. The suspect is believed to have been driving a dark-colored pickup truck. He arrived on the scene about 10 minutes before the attack.
The victim has not been identified.
“The arrow used in this incident is designed to hunt large game such as moose and deer and inflict the maximum amount of damage possible,” police wrote. “Investigators believe that this was a premeditated, targeted and isolated attack based on the conversation that occurred between the victim and the suspect.”
The cardboard delivery box had a hole cut into it on one end of it. The suspect appears to be wearing a wig and he can be seen fleeing after shooting the arrow.
“It is clear that this attack was meant to end the victim’s life,” Peel police Det. Sgt. Jim Kettles said at a press conference on Monday. “Comments made to the victim (by the suspect) indicate the victim was targeted and that the suspect may have carried out the attack at the request of another individual.”
As for the victim, she survived but Kettles said she suffered severe damage to multiple internal organs.
“She’ll be in recovery phase for the rest of her life,” he said. “Her life will never be the same.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact investigators at the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau using the dedicated tip line of 905-456-5840. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.
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