A woman answered her door to an apparent deliveryman carrying a large box. Police say he shot her with a crossbow concealed inside.

YouTube/Peel Regional PoliceThe police in Ontario released surveillance footage showing the man they said posed as a deliveryman before shooting a woman with a crossbow concealed in the box.
  • The police in Ontario are asking the public for help identifying the man who they say shot a woman with a crossbow after posing as a deliveryman.
  • Authorities released footage Tuesday of the man arriving at the woman’s door. The police said he then shot the crossbow through the cardboard box he was carrying.
  • The woman’s injuries were “absolutely devastating,” the police said, adding that she will be recovering for the rest of her life.
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The police in Ontario are searching for the man they say posed as a deliveryman and shot a woman with a crossbow hidden inside a box when she answered the door.

The Peel Regional Police released surveillance footage on Tuesday showing the seconds just before and after the attack on November 7 in Mississauga, a Canadian city in Greater Toronto. The man can be seen speaking through the woman’s door, then running away as it slams shut.

Authorities told reporters at a press conference on Tuesday that the man shot the crossbow through the cardboard, never removing the weapon from the box. They said he fled in a dark-coloured pickup truck.

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The victim, a 44-year-old woman, managed to shut the door and call 911 after being shot, they added.

“The injuries that she sustained were absolutely devastating,” Detective Sgt. Jim Kettles said. “It involved damage to a lot of her internal organs. She’ll be in a recovery phase for the rest of her life.”

In November, the police described the incident only as an injury from an “edged weapon.” They said on Tuesday that they believed the man may have attacked the woman at the request of someone else.

“It was clear that this attack was meant to end the victim’s life,” Superintendent Heather Raymor told reporters. “Comments that were made to the victim by the suspect indicate that the victim was targeted.”

Mississauga crossbow attackYouTube/Peel Regional PoliceThe Peel Regional Police displayed a crossbow similar to the one they believe was used in a November 7 attack in Mississauga, near Toronto, Ontario.

Police added that they were releasing the footage in the hope that someone might recognise the man, whose face can partially be seen under the brim of his baseball cap.

Kettles said the police were trying to identify the make of the man’s cap and shoes but hoping that the clothing might be recognisable or might jog someone’s memory.

“We are open to anything at this point, and we are looking at all possible investigative avenues,” he said.

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