Canada condo shooting gunman identified as resident who sued board

Francesco Villi as identified as a suspect in a mass shooting that killed five people in Canada (Image: Francesco Villi/Facebook)

The police have identified the man as shot and killed five people in a Canadian apartment building resident involved in a legal dispute with the building’s management.

Francesco Villi, 73, went door-to-door to carry out a planned attack against other residents of the Bellaria Residences building on Sunday evening in the Toronto-area town of Vaughan, Ontario.

According to Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Villi used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill three men and two women. Three of his targets were members of the building’s condo board.

An SIU spokesperson confirmed that the victims were over “several floors” in the building. When the police arrived, they confronted Villi on the building’s third floor.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock (13673658a) York Regional Police tactical officers attend the scene of a shooting in Vaughan, Ont., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022. Police say several people are dead, including the suspect, after a shooting in an apartment building.  Ont mass shooting, Vaughan, Canada – December 19, 2022

York Regional Police tactical officers at the scene of a shooting in Vaughan (Image: Canadian Press/Shutterstock)

He also injured a third woman who was taken to a local hospital.

Villi was shot and killed by York Regional Police officers responding to the mass shooting around 7:20 p.m.

York Regional Police Chief James MacSween confirmed officers responded to the attack in less than three minutes.

“When police arrived, an interaction occurred between the officers and a male subject and the subject was shot,” police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are seen in the lobby of the Bellaria Residences in Vaughan (Image: Canadian Press/Shutterstock)

Investigators have not released a motive for the attack yet, but Villi has been involved in a long-running legal dispute with members of the building’s condo board.

In 2020, Villi filed a lawsuit against six condo board directors, alleging they committed crimes that began in 2010. A local judge dismissed his lawsuit earlier this summer, calling it “frivolous” and “annoying.”

Additional documents obtained by The Toronto City News shows Villi filed a series of complaints against the board about noise, odors, heat and “electromagnetic waves” coming from the building’s electrical room directly below his apartment.

Toronto shooter identified as man in legal dispute with condo board Francesco Villi

Villi documented his complaints against the apartment board in a series of videos posted on social media (Image: Francesco Villi/Facebook)

Villi hired lawyers, hired commercial and city inspectors and thoroughly documented his complaints on social media, but it appears none of his complaints were followed up on.

He later claimed that the board ‘let him die’ during the pandemic, as COVID-19 restrictions forced him to remain in his apartment for long periods.

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