A condominium tenancy dispute is believed to be a possible motive for a shooting rampage at a condo building in Vaughan that claimed six lives, including that of the shooter.
Six people are dead, including a 73-year-old suspect, after the shooting. Kristy Denette of the SIU told reporters that the suspect went through the building shooting “multiple victims on several floors” of the building. She said the shooter died when confronted by police in a hallway in the building who then opened fire. The suspect was carrying a semi-automatic handgun.
In a press conference York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween said emergency crews responded to the active shooting call around 7:20 p.m. at a building on Jane Street, just north of Rutherford Road. By 8 PM the incident ended with the shooting of the suspect.
“Once the officers arrived, they were met with … a horrendous scene where numerous victims were deceased,” MacSween said. Police had to knock on the doors of every unit in the building to determine how many people had been shot.
MacSween said a seventh person was also injured, taken to hospital and is expected to survive.
Resident witnesses said Police swarmed into the building carrying rifles.
Social Media accounts say the shooter had recently appeared in court in a $8.1 million lawsuit against members of the condo board of the building in which the man lived, and that the judge had dismissed the case as “frivolous and/or vexatious.”