Canada Saskatchewan stabbings – latest: Manhunt continues for two suspects as death toll rises to 10

10 dead and 15 injured in mass stabbings across Saskatchewan, Canada

At least 10 people are dead and another 15 have been wounded in a stabbing spree across 13 locations throughout the province of Saskatchewan, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

“It is horrific what has happened in our province today,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said in a press conference on Sunday.

Police said the victims were a mix of those chosen at random and some specifically targeted.

Officers are trying to find suspects Damien and Myles Sanderson, who were last seen driving a black Nissan Rogue with the Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote on Twitter that the government was in “direct communication” with local authorities including the James Smith Cree Nation’s leadership, and “ready to assist in any way we can”.

“Those responsible for today’s abhorrent attacks must be fully brought to justice,” he said.

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ICYMI: Canada manhunt as 10 killed and 15 injured in Saskatchewan stabbing spree

At least 10 people are dead and another 15 are hospitalised amid a stabbing spree in a First Nation community in Saskatchewan, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

“It is horrific what has happened in our province today,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said in a press conference on Sunday.

Read the full story by Greg Graziosi and Josh Marcus here:

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What we know about victims as mother of two and grandfather among 10 killed

Police said the victims were a mix of those chosen at random and some specifically targeted. Officers are now on a manhunt, trying to find suspects Damien Sanderson, 31 and Myles Sanderson, 30 – last seen driving a black Nissan Rogue with the Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.

Later on Sunday evening, Regina police chief Evan Bray posted a video on Twitter in which he said that the suspects are “likely” to be in the city. Authorities have urged residents to shelter in place and be alert.

So far, authorities have identified three victims of the attacks.

Residents of village Weldon in Saskatchewan identified 77-year-old Wes Petterson among the victims.

A woman named Ruby Works as saying that Petterson was her uncle. “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind-hearted man. I’ve known him since I was just a little girl.”

Read the full story below:

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Saskatchewan stabbings: What we know about the victims

A spate of “abhorrent” stabbings in Canada’s western Saskatchewan province has led to the deaths of 10 people and 15 injuries, with officials attempting to identify the victims and remaining on the lookout for the suspects.

The stabbing spree took place across 13 locations throughout Saskatchewan, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Read about the victims here:

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ICYMI: Saskatchewan Health Authority’s emergency response processes triggered

Saskatchewan Health Authority [SHA] said on Sunday that a “code orange” for a mass casualty event had been triggered by the stabbing violence that unfolded in the western Canadian province.

“Our medical teams are working hard to respond to patient needs as this incident unfolds,” read a statement from the SHA. “We can confirm that multiple people are being triaged and cared for at multiple sites.”

Earlier, Rhonda Blackmore, an assistant commissioner with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said that the deceased and injured were found at 13 locations in the James Smith Cree Nation and in the nearby town of Weldon.

She, however, also added that there may be additional victims “who took themselves to hospital.”

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First Nations Horsemen’s Association says many members impacted by tragedy

Following the Saskatchewan tragedy in which 10 people lost their lives and 15 were injured, the First Nations Horsemen’s Association in Canada issued a statement in which it said that many of its members are from the James Smith Cree Nation and were “impacted by the tragedy.”

They didn’t release the names of the victims before the Royal Canadian Mounted police confirmed them officially.

“On behalf of our entire racing community, our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding area,” read a statement from the group.

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Motive behind stabbings still unclear, police say

Rhonda Blackmore, assistant commissioner of the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said that the police have not yet determined the motive of the stabbings.

Addressing a news conference on Sunday she said: “To speak to a motive would be extremely difficult at this point in time.”
It is also not clear whether the two suspects — Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson – are related to each other.

“If Damien and Myles are listening or receive this information, I would ask that they turn themselves into police immediately,” she said.

Later, Regina police chief Evan Bray in a video posted on Twitter almost 12 hours after the first stabbing took place informed that the suspects are “likely” to be in the city of Regina.

The suspects are “armed and dangerous.”

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Two suspects ‘are likely’ in the city of Regina, police chief says

The two suspects “are likely” in Regina, the city’s police chief, Evan Bray, said in a video posted on Twitter late Sunday night.

Mr Bray said he wanted to offer “a quick update” on what he called an “unfolding situation” and said that “we still believe these suspects are likely in the city of Regina and as such we have a lot of resources that are dedicated to this.”

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Saskatchewan woman claims suspects’ car was stolen from brother

A resident of Kinistino in Saskatchewan, Tiaraa Twist wrote on her Facebook that the suspects in multiple stabbings stole the Nissan Rogue from her brother.

She wrote on her social media: “This is my brother’s vehicle that they took when they entered our home in James smith Cree Nation…”

She continued: “I’m glad that my sister was not at home at that time, because her room was the room closest to the door.”
Ms Twist said she was not too concerned about the stolen car, but hoped the “monsters” were caught soon.

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77-year-old widower among victims: ‘He wouldn’t hurt a fly’

Residents of Weldon in Saskatchewan have identified one of the victims in the attacks as Wes Petterson, the Associated Press reported.

A woman named Ruby Works said that Petterson was her uncle. “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind-hearted man. I’ve known him since I was just a little girl.”

Ms Works said that the news of the 77-year-old widower’s death has shaken the community. “No one in this town is ever going to sleep again. They’re going to be terrified to open their door,” she as quoted as saying.

Another resident of Weldon, Robert Rush, described Petterson as a man who “wouldn’t hurt a fly”.

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Flags to fly at half-mast one day for each life lost in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s legislative building and other provincial government buildings have their flags lowered today after the mass stabbings left 10 dead and 15 injured.

The flags shall remain at half-mast one day for each life lost, journalist Mickey Djuric with the Canadian Press reported.

She tweeted: “The province says flags at the Saskatchewan legislative building and other provincial government buildings have been lowered and will remain at half-mast one day for each life lost.”

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