The assassination attempt was investigated in November in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. This week, the police released video footage of the suspect at the victim's door in the hope that the person could be identified.
Rescue services who responded to Mississaugas residency on November 7, found a 44-year-old woman who was alive. They threatened with injuries and took them to a hospital, police said in a Monday press release.
Investigators have found that the victim had responded to their door and had come in contact with a person holding a large box in his hand. After a brief conversation, the suspect shot the woman in the chest with a crossbow hidden in the chest. The suspect then fled to a dark pickup truck, the authorities said.
Investigators believe the attack was deliberate and isolated. Comments made by the victim at her door also indicate that the attack was targeted, Department Superintendent Heather Ramore said during a press conference on Monday.
"The victim suffered a massive trauma that was both life-threatening and life-altering," said Ramore. "The attack should end the life of the victim."
It is possible that the suspect carried out the attack at the request of another, Ramore said.
The weapon used in the attack, Ramore says, is "commonly used by hunters to kill big game like moose and deer."
The suspect's right hand was in the box, and the investigators believe the arm was used to raising the crossbow and fire, said Jim Kettles, Sergeant of the Peel Regional Police.
The victim was alone at home, but he managed to close the door and call the emergency number 91
The woman spent several months in the hospital and will find herself "in the recovery phase for the rest of her life," Kettles said.
In the surveillance video, the suspect's face is not covered, but the person is wearing a hat and possibly another headgear, as well as a glove. Kessel said the hat and shoes of the suspect are distinctive and could also provide clues that lead to his identity.