December 3rd, 2010
10:40 AM ET

Arrest made in crossbow killing at Toronto library

An Ottawa man is behind bars Friday after being charged in the crossbow slaying of a man at a Toronto library, according to news reports.

The suspect, identified as Zhou Fang, 24, by CNN affiliate CBC News, was taken into police custody after the attack, which took place Thursday afternoon during business hours. The victim was Si Cheng, 52, of Toronto, CBC News reported.

A tweet on the Toronto Public Library's Twitter account said Friday morning, "The Main St. Branch remains closed. We will provide support to anyone - staff, patrons, witnesses - affected by the tragedy."

The slaying happened in front of witnesses, including children, police Constable Tony Vella told the Toronto Star newspaper. "There were a lot of people in the immediate area," he said.

The killing “was not random, it was targeted,” Vella said, according to the Toronto Star.

After the slaying, the suspect calmly got into a U-Haul truck and drove away, the newspaper reported.  An elderly man was able to write down the license plate information, a witness told the paper.

Zhou is due in court Friday for a hearing, the CBC reported.

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  1. M

    The comments on here are deplorable. Please, show some respect. A person has lost their life and you feel the desire to make a joke out of it. Shame.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sky'es Hero

    Thank you M. Finally Somebody to Show Some kinda Respect for these People in Israel

    December 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roy

    The person with the crossbow killed his father.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Veritas

    @Sky'eshero these people that your so worried about being disrespected are in canada not isreal. prayers to family and friends

    December 3, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      You mean they are different?

      December 4, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Homer Simpson

    practice does make perfect

    December 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Veritas

    @M thank u

    December 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dwight

    What did the man do ( The victim ) to deserve this? I bet he did something terrible and deserved it.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. theenrique

    the man did kill his father.
    the father had abused his wife for years and spent time in jail. he returned to the family home earlier this year and the family left. they didn't return and eventually evicted them since the house was in the wifes name.
    no one knows what has happened since to cause this.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. davemac

    I cannot believe a lot of these comments that have been posted here! This guy brutally killed his father in a public place in front of many witnesses including children and most of these comments are completely insensitive! Especially those by Homer -you should get a life and -oh don't quit your day job ( if you have one that is) You certainly won't make it as a comedian!

    December 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FM

    @ dwight: most people don't deserve an arrow to the heart. I feel sorry that kids were in there and saw the killing. Thats gonna mean some major thearpy.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. travis ward

    It is sad that our society acts the way they do and say the stuff they do. Not only was a life taken but there are a lot of people who have to spend the rest of their lives seeing it over and over again.

    December 4, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Derp

    We should have crossbow-control laws.

    December 5, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
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