A woman from Mississauga, Ontario, was attacked with crossbow by a fake deliveryman, in an attack that the authorities describe as a an attempted murder by a hitman.
The 44-year-old survived the attack at her home’s on November 7th when she answered her door, authorities said.
“This was most definitely a targeted type of attack,” Peel police Det. Sgt. Jim Kettles told reporters at a press conference on Monday. “The crossbow was never removed from the box.”
“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,” Kettles added.
She spent several months in the hospital after this tragedy.
“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.
“It involved damage to a lot of her internal organs,” Kettles added. “She’ll be in recovery phase for the rest of her life … Her life will never be the same.”
The victim was alone at the time of the attack. The suspect, whose images were released by the authorities on Monday, pretended to be a delivery man.
The box contained a crossbow normally used by hunters, according to authorities.
He shot through a small hole in the box, his hand on the trigger hidden under it.
The victim saw the man, but could not recognize him.
“Comments made by the suspect about the lady suggest that she was the target of an attack ordered by another individual,” said officer Heather Raymor.
The department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is asking anyone with information to contact them at 905-456-5840 or through Crimestoppers.
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