A 20-year-old man is in custody after four people were found dead inside a residence in Markham, York Regional Police say.
Police were called to a residence on Sunday shortly before 3 p.m., near Castlemore Avenue and Mingay Avenue, after receiving a report that multiple people had possibly been injured.
When officers arrived, they made contact with a man at the front door; he was taken into custody. Police say the man has not been charged.
After searching the residence, officers found four dead bodies, police said Sunday evening in a news release.
A coroner and homicide detectives have been called to the scene in Markham, which is a city in the Greater Toronto Area, about 30 kilometres northeast of downtown Toronto.
Investigators are appealing to anyone in the area with information to contact police.
“This investigation is in its very early stages,” Const. Andy Pattenden, a spokesperson for York Regional Police, told CBC News. “We need the public’s help here.
“This is quite a scene inside this residence.”
The four people found in the home have not yet been identified, Pattenden said.
Meanwhile, nearby residents expressed shock at an incident like this occurring in their neighbourhood.
“I’ve lived here since 2002 and it’s been a quiet neighbourhood, you know everyone on the street,” resident Pascoal D’Souza told CBC Toronto.
At first, when police cruisers started to arrive, he thought it might be a robbery.
“Never did I think it would be what I heard right now,” D’Souza said.
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