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Three die in crossbow attack in Toronto, man in custody: police

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Three people were killed in an attack involving a crossbow in Toronto's east end on Thursday and a man was taken into custody, a police spokesman said.

[TORONTO] Three people were killed in an attack involving a crossbow in Toronto's east end on Thursday and a man was taken into custody, a police spokesman said.

Police also evacuated a building in Toronto's downtown core later in the day due to a suspicious package in an incident related to the crossbow deaths, Detective Mike Carbone told a news conference.

He gave no details on how it was related or what the package contained.

In the initial incident, police responding to a call about a stabbing found three people who appeared to have been injured by crossbow bolts, said another police spokesman David Hopkinson.

The two men and a woman were pronounced dead. "We don't have any idea with regards to why this may have happened," said Mr Hopkinson.

CTV News, citing emergency services, said two other people were seriously injured.

An undentified man, 35, was taken into custody, police said.

Television footage showed police tape surrounding part of a residential street in Scarborough, a suburban area east of the city's downtown area.

In 2010, a man shot his father in the back with a crossbow in a Toronto public library before smashing his skull with a hammer.

Zhou Fang, who had suffered domestic abuse, was convicted of a lesser charge of second-degree murder.

REUTERS