Mass stabbing in Canada: manhunt underway for 2 suspects in Saskatchewan, at least 10 dead
Canadian authorities are searching for two men in connection with a mass stabbing Sunday that killed at least ten people and injured 15 at multiple crime scenes in Saskatchewan in central Canada.
Authorities have identified the two suspects as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson and advise the public to take appropriate precautions. The two are armed and dangerous and traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba jointly investigated the stabbings.
"We are committing maximum resources to this investigation," Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore of the Saskatchewan RCMP said in a statement.
"I want to clarify that we are still looking for the two suspects. We ask residents of Saskatchewan and our neighboring provinces to be vigilant. At this point in our investigation, we believe that some of the victims were targeted by the suspects, while others were randomly attacked," Blackmore said.
Damien Sanderson is described by authorities as a 31-year-old man who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes. Myles Sanderson is described as a 30-year-old man who is 6 feet tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Blackmore said the first report of a stabbing came into the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET), and within minutes several calls came in reporting additional stabbings. Over the next six hours, Saskatchewan RCMP sent out multiple warnings and updates on the stabbings and issued a threat alert for Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta.
Authorities said victims were found at 13 crime scenes in Saskatchewan in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon communities. Several victims were injured, at least 15 of whom were taken to various hospitals, Blackmore said, adding that there may be other injured victims who took themselves to the hospital.
"It's certainly a very significant event, if not the largest we've seen in recent years," Blackmore said.
In a message to the two suspects, Blackmore said, "If Damien and Myles are listening or receive this information, I would ask them to turn themselves into police immediately."
"Our thoughts are with the many deceased and injured victims, their families, friends, and community. It is horrific what has occurred in our province today," she continued.
Sunday's violence prompted authorities to declare a "civil emergency" and warn residents of the Regina region to "take precautions."
"To everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those near the James Smith Cree First Nation: Please take cover and stay safe," tweeted Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the stabbings were "horrific and heartbreaking."
"We are monitoring the situation very closely and ask everyone to follow updates from local authorities," Trudeau tweeted. "We thank all the brave first responders for their efforts on the ground."
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe tweeted his condolences to those in the province.
"No words can adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. All of Saskatchewan grieves with the victims and their families," Moe tweeted.
The mass stabbing also increased security at the Saskatchewan Roughriders game, the CFL team announced on Twitter.
"As a result, additional law enforcement has been deployed to Mosaic Stadium and the surrounding area," the statement said. "The club is operating a central command center on game day, which will allow for immediate connection to local emergency services and the ability to receive updated information in the event of any type of emergency."
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