Woman suffers horrific injuries after being shot by crossbow disguised as delivery

Woman suffers horrific injuries after being shot by crossbow disguised as delivery

A Mississauga woman almost lost her life previous year when she was shot with an arrow by a suspect posing as a delivery man, police revealed on Monday.

Police have released surveillance footage in a bid to identify the suspect of what they are calling a targeted attack.

The front door appears to slam closed behind him.

Those moments edited out almost killed the homeowner.

Kettles said Monday that she will likely spend the rest of her life trying to recover.

Kettles said it's not yet clear if the suspect drove off on his own or was accompanied by a driver.

"The injuries that she sustained were absolutely devastating", Det Sgt Jim Kettles of Peel police told reporters.

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"Her life will never be the same".

The two briefly exchanged words at the front door before the man fired the crossbow, hitting the woman with an arrow that caused life-threatening injuries. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she has remained for months. After a brief conversation, the suspect shot the woman in the chest using a crossbow that was concealed in 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", said Supt. "The face on its own, although that may not trigger anything, perhaps in conjunction with the cap that he's wearing and the shoes he's got on - that may mean something to somebody", Kettles said.

Police say the man posed as a delivery man before shooting the victim. Police said the arrow used against the victim is created to hunt large animals such as moose and deer, inflicting the maximum amount of damage possible.

Crossbows 500 millimetres or less in length are prohibited by law but there are no licensing restrictions on weapons such as the one purportedly used. "Anybody over the age of 18 can purchase one of these weapons at any one of the sporting good store that happen to carry them", Kettles said.

Police are also trying to determine how many people may have been involved in planning the attack. They are still attempting to establish if the suspect was accompanied by anyone else.

Peel Regional Police are asking for the public's help with an attempted murder investigation where a woman was shot with an arrow in Mississauga in November.

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