Suspect posing as delivery man shot woman with concealed crossbow, police say

Ontario crossbow attack

Peel Regional Police are looking for a man they believe posed as a delivery worker in order to shoot a woman with a concealed crossbow in Mississauga.

The incident took place on November 7, 2018, on Bayberry Drive near Highway 401 and Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga.

In the video from the evening of November 7, 2018, a man wearing a distinctive ball cap and hoodie holds the front of a large cardboard box with one gloved hand, the other hidden behind the package. The suspect is believed to have been driving a dark-colored pickup truck. The clip provided by police does not include the attack itself, but does show the suspect running off the porch with the package still in hand.

She was hit in the chest and suffered life-threatening injuries, but survived. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she has remained for months.

Sgt. Jim Kettles told reporters at a news conference at peel police headquarters Monday.

"It involved a lot of damage to her internal organs".

The woman is not expected to make a full recovery. A woman answered, and after a brief exchange, the man fired a bolt into her chest, almost killing her.

Police hope to identify the attacker with help from the public and by using facial recognition software.

"The injuries that she sustained were absolutely devastating", Kettles said, noting how the suspected hitman was wielding a crossbow that's typically used by big-game hunters to kill moose and other large animals.

The day following the attack, forensic investigators searched the house and collected evidence including an arrow believed to have injured the woman as well as surveillance footage of the suspect and incident.

Police called the incident, which was caught on surveillance camera, a "premeditated, targeted, and isolated attack".

"It is clear that this attack was meant to end the victim's life", Peel police Det.

"There are potential motives that we have established", Kettles said. Kettles said the shoes and baseball hat worn by the suspect were unique - and the suspect did not hide his face, giving investigators a number of potential clues.

"We don't know at this point how many people may have been involved in orchestrating this ... that's an important aspect of the investigation that we are trying to establish now".

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