Ten people have died after a series of stabbings in 13 places in two communities in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Police were looking for two suspects.
Fifteen people had been taken to hospital after stabbings at multiple locations Sunday on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the northeastern Saskatoon town of Weldon, police said.
Rhonda Blackmore, deputy commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been attacked by the suspects, but others appear to have been attacked randomly. She did not provide a reason.
“It is horrible what has happened in our province today,” Blackmore said.
She said there were 13 crime scenes where people were found dead or injured.
Police said the last information they had from the public was that the suspects were seen in the Saskatchewan capital, Regina, around lunchtime. There have been no sightings since then.
“If you are in the Regina area, please take precautions and consider sheltering in place,” said the RCMP in a message on Twitter. “Don’t leave a safe place. DO NOT APPROACH suspicious people. Don’t pick up hitchhikers. Report suspicious persons, emergencies or information to 9-1-1. Do not reveal the locations of the police.”
The search for suspects took place when fans enjoying the Labor Day long weekend arrived in Regina for a sold-out Canadian Soccer League game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Regina police said that with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) they were investigating on multiple fronts to locate and arrest suspects and had “deployed additional resources for public safety across the city, including the soccer game at Mosaic Stadium.”
The alert first issued by the RCMP in Melfort, Saskatchewan around 7 am was extended hours later to cover Manitoba and Alberta as the two suspects remained at large.
Damien Sanderson was described as 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds, and Myles Sanderson as 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. Both were said to have black hair and brown eyes and were possibly driving a black Nissan Rogue.
The Saskatchewan health authority said patients were being treated at multiple sites.
“A call has been issued for additional staff to respond to the influx of victims,” a spokeswoman, Anne Linemann, said in an email.
Mark Oddan, a spokesman for Stars Air Ambulance, said two helicopters were dispatched from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and one from Regina.
Oddan said two took patients from the scene to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, while the third took a patient to Royal University from a hospital in Melfort, a short drive southeast of Weldon.
Oddan said that due to privacy laws, he could not reveal information about their ages, genders or conditions.