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Friday, August 26, 2016

Toronto crossbow deaths: Brett Ryan, 35, faces 3 murder charges

A Toronto man faces three first-degree murder charges in connection with the deaths of three people in an incident Thursday involving a crossbow in Scarborough.
Brett Ryan, 35, was arrested Thursday and is appearing in court this morning. 
On Thursday, just before 1 p.m. ET, police responded to a call of a stabbing in the area of Lawndale Road and Knowlton Drive in suburban Scarborough.
Police arrived to find two men and a woman in the driveway with life-threatening injuries. They died at the scene.
Police have said they believe the victims sustained injuries from crossbow bolts, and a crossbow was found lying nearby.
The victims' names haven't been released.  
Property records show the bungalow is listed in the name of Susan Ryan. She previously co-owned the home with William Ryan, who records show died last year.
About four hours after the incident, police said there was a link between the deaths and a suspicious package found in downtown Toronto. They said the downtown scene, which was near a building housing a daycare, was declared safe by 5 p.m ET. 

Neighbours heard shouting

Neighbours who live near the house in Scarborough told CBC Newsthey heard shouting before police arrived. A man who lives across from the house told CBC News that a man frantically pounded on his door shortly after 1 p.m. ET and demanded that he call 911. 
"He said, 'Call 911, my brother is bleeding in the driveway,'" said the neighbour, who did not want to be named. The neighbour ran across the street and found another man lying in the driveway, covered in blood. That man was among the three people who died at the scene. 
Police said autopsies on the three victims are slated to take place later Friday.

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