According to York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween, three of the five victims killed in a shooting spree at a Vaughan condo complex on Sunday night were board members.
“The condominium board’s three casualties were members. But the reason for the shooting is still under investigation, and that inquiry is still ongoing, according to MacSween.
He stated that two ladies and three males were among the fatalities. A 66-year-old woman was also shot, but she lived. She is still in the hospital after suffering severe injuries.
Francesco Villi, 73, was the shooter, according to MacSween.
Police are executing “multiple” search warrants in connection with the killings and continue to interview witnesses.
“Until that’s complete, we can’t rule anything out,” MacSween said. “But rest assured, detectives in the Homicide Bureau are working diligently to find the answers in this horrible incident.”
He said the officer who fatally shot the gunman is a 24-year veteran of York Regional Police and said he “very likely saved lives by his actions last night.”
All the victims were residents of the building, MacSween said, but police are not yet identifying them.
However the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents 35,000 transit workers in Canada, confirmed that the wife of the group’s president, John Di Nino, was injured in the shooting. Di Nino is listed on publicly available documents as a member of the condo board.
In a brief statement, Di Nino referred to the “terrible events yesterday in Vaughan” and said that it is a “a very difficult time for my family.”
He asked for privacy and said he has no further comments for the time being.