Sunday night, police in western Canada launched a manhunt for two men accused of 10 slayings and 15 injuries.
The majority of the attacks targeted the 3,400-person James Smith Cree Nation, northeast of Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan’s attacks stunned the nation. Trudeau called them “horrific and devastating.” I’m thinking of those who lost loved ones and were harmed.”
Trudeau said his government was in direct contact with James Smith Cree Nation leaders and ready to help. He said, “Those guilty for today’s reprehensible attacks must be completely brought to justice.”
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore told reporters Sunday evening that some victims were targeted while others were struck indiscriminately.
“Today’s events in our province are horrible,” she remarked.
Damien and Myles Sanderson were named as suspects. Damien is 31 years old, 5’7″ (170cm), 155 lbs (70kg), with black hair and brown eyes. Myles is 30 years old, 185cm tall, 240lbs, with brown hair and eyes.
The suspects‘ relationship was unknown, said Blackmore. She stated there’s no motivation, but the males are armed and scary.
Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), said the attacks may have been drug-related. This is the damage caused by illegal drugs.
Some victims’ identities were revealed as communities mourned.
Wes Petterson was identified as a victim. Ruby Works called the 77-year-old widower “uncle.” She told AP, “He did nothing.” Not fair. He was kind.
The event shook a town where sirens are rarely heard. “This town won’t sleep again. She said, “They’ll be afraid to open their door.”
Lana Head and her partner are also victims. Head’s ex-partner Michael Brett Burns told APTN News the couple died on the James Smith Cree Nation. Burns said the neighborhood was in sorrow and that he comforted numerous family members on Sunday night.
Calvin Sanderson, one of the three elected leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation, spoke of the attacks’ impact on the close-knit community. “Everyone’s touched,” he told AP. They were family/friends. We’re mostly related, therefore… It’s awful.
Sunday morning, James Smith Cree Nation reported a stabbing. Within two hours, a hazardous individuals notice was dispatched to surrounding neighbors.
As the attack’s scope grew, more alarms were received.
The nation’s leadership proclaimed a state of emergency “in reaction to many killings and assaults” and formed two emergency operations centers.
James Smith Cree Nation people captured the terror on social media. One uploaded a photo of a damaged door doorknob and said she was pleased her sister wasn’t home. “I’ll be traumatized forever,” she wrote.
Others submitted memorials to family members murdered in the incident, including a woman who saw her grandfather the night before.
Doreen Lees, an 89-year-old grandmother from Weldon, said she and her daughter noticed one of the suspects when a car sped down their street early in the morning. Lees stated a man who needed help approached them.
When her daughter claimed she’d call for help, he ran.
“He hid. His coat covered his face. We requested his name twice, but he mumbled it, she claimed. “He said he couldn’t reveal his damaged face”
She said he was alone and “wobbly.” “I followed him to make sure he was OK. “Don’t follow him, come back,” my daughter pleaded.
Premier Scott Moe of Saskatchewan called the attacks “horrific” and pledged his government’s assistance. “This senseless violence has caused unimaginable grief and loss. Saskatchewan mourns with victims and families.
Throughout the day, the search spread more than 300km (186 miles) south to Regina, the provincial capital, where thousands of people were gathering for a sold-out CFL game.
The males were seen driving a stolen black Nissan Rogue, but police don’t know if they’ve changed cars. RCMP had no indication they’d left the province, but Alberta and Manitoba issued notices.
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