Authorities in Canada are looking for two suspects in a mass stabbing that left 10 people dead and 15 wounded.
Authorities in Canada are looking for two suspects in a mass stabbing that left 10 people dead and 15 wounded. Here's what we know thus far.
A search is underway in Canada for two "armed and dangerous" men accused of carrying out a mass stabbing on Sunday in an indigenous town and nearby regions in Saskatchewan, which officials claim killed at least ten people and injured 15.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the suspects, Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, were thought to be driving in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI, however it is unknown whether the two swapped cars.
According to a press release, leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation announced a state of emergency on Sunday in reaction to "many killings and attacks" on members of the community. According to authorities, at least one attack happened in the adjacent village of Weldon.
"It's clearly a very substantial event, if not the largest we've seen in recent years," said Rhonda Blackmore, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
According to authorities, some victims appear to have been targeted, while others are thought to have been struck at random.
Authorities encourage citizens to remain careful and take measures, including sheltering in place in some places, because the suspects are still on the loose. After receiving information that the suspects were traveling in the Regina area, police declared a "civil emergency" and warned residents to be extra cautious.
The Regina police chief stated in a statement Monday that "tireless" midnight efforts to find the two males were futile.
"Despite the nightly efforts of @reginapolice and @RCMPSK, the two suspects remain at large," Chief Evan Bray wrote in a tweet. "We encourage anybody with information that might assist in locating Myles and Damien Sanderson and securely bringing them into custody to contact police."
The assaults left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "shocked and heartbroken."
"As Canadians, we mourn with all those touched by this senseless tragedy, as well as with the people of Saskatchewan. We also wish those who have been injured a full and speedy recovery "Trudeau said in a statement late Sunday night.
The quest for the culprit continues; here is the latest information.
How did the attacks take place?
Police received the initial complaint of a stabbing in the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m., and within minutes, many additional calls were received alleging further stabbings in the community, according to police.
Within hours, the incident had escalated into a mass stabbing, with at least 25 people stabbed, 10 of whom died, according to authorities.
During the attack, three STARS Air Ambulance helicopters were rushed to the James Smith Cree Nation, according to company spokesperson Mark Oddan. According to him, the first crew to arrive began triaging the casualties, while the second brought a medic to assist with triage and direct emergency response.
Some people were flown to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon by helicopter, while others were sent to local hospitals by ambulance, according to Oddan. He was unable to offer any further information on the individuals or their conditions.
Throughout the morning, police issued additional warnings about dangerous people across Saskatchewan, as well as neighboring provinces Manitoba and Alberta.
Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety in Canada, advised inhabitants to seek safety.
A police forensics team analyzes a crime scene in the ten-person stabbing spree.
"To everyone in Saskatchewan, particularly those near the James Smith Cree First Nation: Please seek cover and be safe," he tweeted.
Authorities have identified 13 separate crime locations where the attacks took place. Police said there might be more victims who were hurt and went to the hospital, and they urged any potential victims to contact them.
"Our hearts go out to the numerous killed and injured victims, their families, friends, and community; what happened in our province today is horrible," Blackmore added.
Who are the possible suspects?
Police identified Damian Sanderson and Myles Sanderson as suspects in the stabbing less than three hours after it was first reported.
Authorities describe Damien Sanderson, 31, as 5-foot-7, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. According to authorities, Myles Sanderson, 30, is 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
Officials have not stated if the two are linked.
Myles Sanderson and Damien Sanderson
According to authorities, the car they were thought to be driving in was sighted in Regina at 11:45 a.m. The James Smith Cree Nation located more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Regina.
"As a result, we are encouraging everyone in the province to stay vigilant and immediately report any suspicious activity by calling 911," Blackmore said in a statement Sunday. "If you see the suspects and/or their vehicle, do not approach them or their vehicle; instead, immediately leave the area and call 911."
"If Damien and Myles are listening or hear this information, I would beg them to turn themselves in to authorities immediately," Blackmore said in a message to the two suspects.
How have the authorities reacted?
The assaults have jolted both Canadians and officials.
In a tweet, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe expressed his sympathy to the people of the province.
"There are no words to explain the anguish and grief inflicted by this senseless act. Saskatchewan mourns with the victims and their families "Moe penned a letter.
The stabbings are being investigated collaboratively by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba.
Rhonda Blackmore, Assistant Commissioner of the Saskatchewan RCMP, talks at a press conference on Sunday.