2022 Vaughan shooting

On December 18, 2022, a mass shooting occurred at the Bellaria Residences condominium tower in Vaughan, a suburb north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Six people were killed, including the gunman, 73-year-old Francesco Villi, who was shot and killed by responding police officers.[2] Another person was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

2022 Vaughan shooting
LocationBellaria Residences, 9235 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates43°49′59″N 79°31′58″W / 43.8331606°N 79.5327636°W / 43.8331606; -79.5327636
DateDecember 18, 2022 (2022-12-18)
c. 7:20 p.m[1] (EST)
Attack type
Mass shooting
WeaponBeretta 92A1 semi-automatic pistol
Deaths6 (including the perpetrator)
PerpetratorFrancesco Villi


Officers responded to a report of an active shooting at an apartment building in Vaughan at around 7:20 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered multiple victims.[3] The building, known as Bellaria Residences,[4] is located at 9235 Jane Street.[5] The victims were found on several floors in the building, after the gunman appeared to target three separate units. The gunman was located on a separate floor from the victims.[6]

The gunman, Francesco Villi, was identified as a resident of the building and used a Beretta 92A1 semi-automatic handgun which he legally purchased in 2019[7]


All of the victims were residents of the building.[6][8] The dead comprised three men and two women.[8] They were Rita Camilleri, 57, and her husband Vittorio Panza, 79; Russell Manock, 75, and his wife Lorraine, 71; and Naveed Dada, 59.[9]

A 66-year-old woman was also seriously injured and hospitalized. Camilleri, Russell Manock, and Dada were members of the condominium's board of directors.[10][11]


Police identified the gunman as 73-year-old Francesco Villi, who was killed by police in a hallway on the third floor of the building.[8] Some of the building's residents claim that Villi had been involved in a disagreement with the condominium's board of directors.[12]

Villi stated he was becoming sick by the electromagnets coming off the electrical generator he lived above. He had a medical note from his doctor.[13]

Court documents also show that Villi sued six directors and officers of the condominium board in 2020, alleging that the directors had deliberately caused him five years of "torment" and "torture", with reference to an electrical room beneath his apartment.[14] He sought a total of C$8,100,000 in damages.[failed verification] The judge struck the case in 2022, ruling that it was "frivolous and/or vexatious". He also gave Villi 30 days to pay $2,500 in court costs.[15][14]

The condominium's board had obtained a restraining order against Villi in 2018.[16] He was due to return to court on December 19 as the board sought to have him evicted for being a nuisance.[14]

In response to the shooting incident, Villi's three estranged daughters issued a statement expressing their condolences, and also their shock and heartbreak at what had happened. They described their father as having "an aggressive, 'Jekyll and Hyde'-type personality".[17]


Ontario's Special Investigations Unit have investigated the shooting and determined that there was no criminal wrongdoing by any police officers involved.[7]

As a result of this and other incidents, sweeping reforms in the condo industry are being called for.[18]

Condolences were offered by Vaughan mayor Steven Del Duca and Ontario premier Doug Ford. Del Duca also ordered all flags to fly at half-mast at all city buildings. Prime minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement offering his condolences and his thanks for the response of first responders.[2][6]

Over 150 people attended a candlelight vigil to the five victims, on the evening of December 21.[19]


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  7. ^ a b "Special Investigations Unit -- Director's Report Details, Case Number: 22-OFD-319". siu.on.ca. Retrieved April 18, 2023.
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  10. ^ "Three of 5 people killed in Vaughan, Ont. were members of condo board, police say". Toronto. December 19, 2022. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  11. ^ "Editorial | Seeking answers from tragedy". thestar.com. December 22, 2022. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  12. ^ "Three of 5 people killed in Vaughan, Ont. were members of condo board, police say". Toronto. December 19, 2022. Retrieved December 19, 2022.
  13. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/12/19/pensioner-killed-neighbours-row-electromagnetic-waves-flats/
  14. ^ a b c "Condo board members among five victims in Vaughan shooting, police say". The Canadian Press.
  15. ^ Passafiume, Alessia; Warren, May; Pagliaro, Jennifer; Javed, Noor; Powell, Betsy (December 19, 2022). "Vaughan gunman, 73, feuded with condo board over 'electromagnetic waves.' Victims include three board members". Toronto Star. Retrieved March 13, 2023.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Vaughan condo shooting: What we know about alleged gunman Francesco Villi". CBC. December 19, 2022.
  17. ^ "Estranged daughters of Vaughan condo gunman say he was 'abusive husband and father'". CBC News. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  18. ^ "Auditor General's Scathing Report on Condo Industry in Ontario". Condo Adviser. December 8, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  19. ^ "More than 150 attend candlelight vigil for victims of Vaughan, Ont., condo shooting rampage". CBC. December 21, 2022.

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