Canada School Shooting: Saskatchewan Shooting
Published: January 23, 2016
Canada School Shooting: Saskatchewan Shooting, A small community in northern Saskatchewan is reeling after shootings at two locations – including a high school – left four people dead.
Several others were wounded in the violence in La Loche, which has a population of about 3,000 people.
“I feel like I’m in a nightmare and I want to wake up,” said Diane Janvier, who told CBC News that one of the victims was her niece.
RCMP confirmed the deaths during a news conference Friday night in Regina, and added that a male suspect was in custody and the immediate threat was over.
“There’s no risk to public safety at this time,” Chief Supt. Maureen Levy, a senior officer for the Saskatchewan RCMP, said, adding she could not provide details on the number of people wounded or the nature of their injuries.
“This is truly a tragedy.”
Community members held vigils Friday night outside the school and at a local church to mourn for the victims.
“There were candles all over the parking lot of the school,” CBC’s Devin Heroux said.
2 shooting locations
Levy said two locations were at the centre of their investigation, including the high school and a place on the 300 block of Dene Crescent in La Loche.
Teddy Clark, chief of the neighbouring Clearwater River Dene Nation received a text message from his daughter about the shootings while he was at a meeting in Saskatoon.
The message read, “Dad there’s been a shooting at the school.”
“I immediately called her,” he said and, after learning she was at home, told her to stay there.
Several people from the community gathered Friday night for one of the candlelight vigils. (Submitted by Nathan Janvier)
Earlier Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he had been told five died in the shooting.
Levy told reporters in Regina that the investigation was in its early stages and she was not ready to disclose much more information.
“I cannot release the identity of the victims as the investigation is ongoing,” she said. “In addition to those confirmed deceased, a number of people have been injured. We do not have information about the type or extent of their injuries.”
Shots fired at school
According to eyewitnesses, a shooter approached the school (with grades 7 to 12) and shots were fired outside and inside the building.
“I ran outside the school,” Noel Desjarlais, a Grade 10 student at the school, told CBC News. “There was lots of screaming. There was about six, seven shots before I got outside. I believe there was more shots by the time I did get out.”
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