Canadian police launch urgent hunt for two men suspected of stabbing 10 people dead and injuring another 15 in ‘random’ string of attacks on the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan
- A total of 10 people ere killed and 15 others were wounded in the stabbings
- Damien Sanderson, 31, was described as five feet seven inches tall and 155 pounds, and Myles Sanderson, 30, as six-foot-one and 200 pounds
- The stabbings took place in multiple locations on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon
- Some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. A motive wasn’t provided
A series of stabbings in two communities in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan left 10 people dead and 15 wounded, authorities said Sunday.
Police are looking for two suspects – Damien Sanderson, 31, who was described as five feet seven inches tall and 155 pounds, and Myles Sanderson, 30, as six-foot-one and 200 pounds. Both have black hair and brown eyes and may be driving a black Nissan Rogue.
The stabbings took place in multiple locations on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, northeast of Saskatoon, police said.
Rhonda Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. She couldn’t provide a motive.
Suspects Damien Sanderson (L) and Myles Sanderson (R) are actively being sought by police in connection with stabbings, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
‘It is horrific what has occurred in our province today,’ Blackmore said.
She said there are 13 crime scenes where either deceased or injured people were found.
‘If in the Regina area, take precautions & consider sheltering in place. Do not leave a secure location. DO NOT APPROACH suspicious persons. Do not pick up hitch hikers. Report suspicious persons, emergencies or info to 9-1-1. Do not disclose police locations,’ the RCMP said in a message on Twitter.
The search for suspects was carried out as fans descended in Regina for a sold out annual Labor Day game between the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Regina Police Service said in a news release that with the help of Mounties, it was working on several fronts to locate and arrest the suspects and had ‘deployed additional resources for public safety throughout the city, including the football game at Mosaic Stadium.’
The alert first issued by Melfort, Saskatchewan RCMP about 7 a.m. was extended hours later to cover Manitoba and Alberta, as the two suspects remained at large.
Rhonda Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. She couldn’t provide a motive
Canadian police said Sunday 10 people are dead from stabbings in 13 locations in two communities in the province of Saskatchewan and police are looking for two suspects
The Saskatchewan Health Authority said multiple patients were being treated at several sites.
‘A call for additional staff was issued to respond to the influx of casualties,’ authority spokeswoman Anne Linemann said in an email.
Mark Oddan, a spokesman with STARS Air Ambulance, said two helicopters were dispatched from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and another from Regina.
He said two carried patients to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, while the third carried a patient to Royal University from a hospital in Melfort, a short distance southeast of Weldon.
Oddan said due to privacy laws, he could not disclose information about their ages, genders or conditions.
Diane Shier, a resident of Weldon resident Diane Shier told the VC Star that her neighbor, a man who lived with his grandson, was killed. She did not want to identify the victim out of respect for his family.
‘I am very upset because I lost a good neighbor,’ she said, explaining that she was in her garden on Sunday when she noticed emergency crews nearby.