The City of Toronto sees dozens of murders every year, but very few are as shocking and close to home as a terrifying incident that happened Wednesday night. A Toronto machete attack was witnessed by horrified neighbours on a Scarborough street, who could only watch helplessly as a man killed a woman with a machete only a few feet away from their front doors. Witnesses say they feel "so disturbed" by the incident, although one wishes he had acted sooner.
UPDATE: At 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, a Toronto Police release confirmed the crime happened on Fishery Road at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday. The man has been charged with first-degree murder and is due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.
EARLIER: According to police, a man armed with a machete was seen by several witnesses chasing the victim down the street near Morrish and Ellsmere roads. When police arrived, the woman had died of "horrific" injuries.
Area resident Amir Farooqi told CBC he saw the man holding the women's shoulders as they argued in the street.
Farooqi admitted that, because he at first thought it was just an argument, he didn't pay much attention. It's a decision he now seems to regret.
"If I knew that this was going to happen, we could have done something about it, but you never know," he said.
Another witness, Blanche Barretto, says while she only witnessed the aftermath of the woman lying on the ground, the sight is haunting her and her husband.
"It was sad. We were so disturbed all night we haven't slept," she said.
Conway Anderson, another local resident, said he feels horrible for the woman and her family. The violent nature of the attack has really rocked the area, he adds.
"This is not supposed to happen in our neighbourhood," Anderson told The Toronto Sun.
Jason Jaikaran told CTV News the violence is out of character for the "quiet neighbourhood."
"Things like that don't happen around this area at all," Jaikaran said.
After the attack, the suspect fled the scene, but utimately turned himself in at a Toronto police station. He has yet to be named, but police say he and the victim had a "former domestic relationship."
Police have only said the suspect and victim were both in their 30s, but Toronto Police's Caroline De Kloet told Narcity more information will be released soon.
Narcity will update this story as more details become available.