The suspect's right hand was in the box and investigators believe that arm was used to trigger the crossbow and fire, Peel Regional Police Detective Sergeant Jim Kettles said.
"Investigators believe that this was a premeditated, targeted and isolated attack based on the conversation that occurred between the victim and the suspect".
He is seen holding a large cardboard box, inside of which police said he had hidden a crossbow.
The incident took place on November 7, 2018, on Bayberry Drive near Highway 401 and Winston Churchill Boulevard in Mississauga.
Investigators announced Monday that they were able to determine that the victim answered the front door of her residence and was met by the suspect, who was carrying a large box and posing as a delivery man. The suspect then fled to a dark-colored pickup truck, authorities said. "The attack was meant to end the victim's life", CNN quoted Division Superintendent Heather Ramore as saying.
'Comments that were made to the victim by the suspect indicate that the victim was targeted and that the suspect may have carried out the attack at the request of another individual.
This week, police released video footage of the suspect at the victim's door in the hope that the person could be identified.
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The weapon used in the attack, Ramore said, is "commonly used by hunters to kill large game, such as moose and deer".
"The injuries that she sustained were absolutely devastating", said Det.
Kettles said Monday that she will likely spend the rest of her life trying to recover.
He added that her life "will never be the same".
While the police have identified "potential motives" for the attempted murder, these have not been disclosed due to the ongoing investigation.
The video released by police does not show the shot being fired, but jumps to the moment when the suspect runs away and the door is closed.
The Monday press conference revealed new details several months after the attack.
"We are confident with assistance from the public and with current facial-recognition technology we will bring those responsible for this attack to justice", Peel Regional Police Supt.