Ten people were killed and at least 15 others injured in multiple stabbings Sunday in the James Smith Cree Nation area and the village of Weldon, Saskatchewan.
“What happened in our province is terrible,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman Audrey Saucy said during a press briefing on Sunday afternoon.
“Know that the Saskatchewan RCMP is determined again and again to use all the resources at our disposal to locate and arrest these two individuals.”
According to the RCMP, “some victims were targeted by suspects while others were attacked randomly.”
The attacks took place at 13 different places.
The first call was made to the RCMP at 5:40 a.m. Sunday regarding a stabbing that occurred in the James Smith Cree Nation, a two-hour drive northeast of Saskatoon. Minutes later, several other stabbings were also reported in the community.
Shortly after 7 a.m. Sunday, the RCMP sent a “dangerous person” alert to the citizens of the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon Village, before eventually expanding it to the entire province.
Since then, officers are still trying to locate the two suspects, Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson.
As of late morning, the RCMP said they had received a report that the suspects may be traveling in a black Nissan from Regina’s Arcola Avenue area with registration number SK 199 MPI.
Damien Sanderson is 1.73 m (5 ft 7 in) tall and weighs 70 kg (155 lb), has black hair and brown eyes. Miles Sanderson is 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) tall and weighs 91 kg (200 lbs), he also has black hair and brown eyes.
The RCMP is asking citizens to stay safe at home and be alert to strangers trying to return to their homes. She also says not to approach the two suspects or even let strangers pick up hitchhikers.
“Horrible and Heartbreaking” Attack
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe expressed his condolences to the victims’ loved ones on Twitter and thanked the authorities for their work.
“There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. All Saskatchewan mourns with the victims and their families,” said Moe.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also reacted in the evening, describing his attacks as “horrible and heartbreaking”.
“My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones and those who have been injured,” he said.
“We are monitoring the situation closely and urge everyone to follow updates from local authorities. Thank you to all the courageous first responders for their efforts on the ground,” M Trudeau said.
The Quebec premier also offered his condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims: “What a terrible tragedy. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims. My condolences are also with all the injured.”