Police confirm identity of shooter in Vaughan building shooting
Francesco Villi has posted several videos on social networks where he comments on the dispute he had with the board of directors of his building.
York Regional Police Chief Jim MacSween confirms that the 73-year-old shooter and resident of the building was named Francesco Villi. Police have confirmed that the shooter died “after an interaction with officers” on the 3rd floor of the building.
Regarding the five victims who died, police indicates that she cannot identify them at this time. Chief Jim MacSween, however, clarifies that we can tell that it is three adult males and two adult females. The sixth victim, a 66-year-old woman, was seriously injured and taken to hospital. We are protecting the identity of this victim.
The victims were discovered on various floors. Police say all of the victims were residents of the building.
York Regional Police officers were dispatched at approximately 7:20 p.m. Sunday to this condominium building on Jane Street in Vaughan.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is continuing its investigation.
York Regional Police Chief Confirms Three Victims Are Board Members of the 'building. However, he explains that it is too early to draw conclusions from this information.
Several search warrants will be carried out. We are still interviewing witnesses, and until this is over, we cannot draw any conclusions, he explains.
We must determine the nature of his relationship with the victims and with the board of directors, he concludes.
According to information confirmed by the CBC, Francesco Villi resided in the Bellaria Residences building. He used a semi-automatic handgun, according to the police's Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
Court documents indicate he had a long-running row with the building's board. He had filed a lawsuit against six members in 2020 alleging that they had committed criminal acts since 2010.
For its part, the board of directors had filed in court a request for a restraining order against Mr. Villi in 2018.
Jim Dover lives on the fifth floor of the building. He ran to the bottom of his building as soon as the alarm sounded.
I saw armed police, I thought it was serious. I asked questions, but they didn't tell me what was going on. Stories like this don't usually happen around here. It's scary, he admits.
He adds that he has sometimes met Francesco Villi in the elevator, without really knowing him.
The SIU says it has assigned four of its investigators and two forensic specialists to the case.
An autopsy is to be performed on the suspect's remains on Tuesday.