Stabbing Spree in Canada: 10 Killed While Dozen Injured
Recently a mass killing incident came to light in Canada. A stabbing spree in an Indigenous community and a nearby town in Canada’s Saskatchewan province left at least 10 people dead and 15 injured on Sunday.
It is assumed that there would be more injured people. Police responding to emergency calls found 10 dead in the remote Indigenous community of James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan. Victims were found in 13 locations in the remote indigenous community James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore in a news conference said that at least 15 other people had been injured and transported to hospitals. Two suspects have been identified and a manhunt has been launched in the city.
She added that the alleged attackers fled in a vehicle and have been identified as Myles Sanderson and Damien Sanderson, aged 30 and 31 respectively, both with black hair and brown eyes. The relationship between the two suspects is unclear, and the authorities have so far provided no further details.
Police named two suspects and provided photos and descriptions but no further details about their motive or the victims.
A statement by Indigenous leaders indicated the attacks may have been drug related. It says “This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities. It’s sick how jail time, drugs and alcohol can destroy many lives”. Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, authorities identified the suspects.
However on Monday Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation in a “heavily grassed area” near a house. His injuries were not believed to be self-inflicted and the exact cause of death would be determined by the Saskatchewan coroner’s office. But Myles is still on the run.
It has been reported that Myles has been wanted since May, when he stopped meeting his parole officer after serving a sentence for robbery, mischief, uttering threats and assault. Police warned that Myles Sanderson may also be injured and might try to seek medical attention, but did not provide further details on why they believe he might be hurt.
Myles was previously granted statutory release by the Parole Board of Canada, according to a ruling made on February 1, 2022. The board said in the ruling that it didn’t believe Sanderson would present a risk to the public if released.
According to the Parole Board of Canada, statutory release is a presumptive release by law that allows an offender to serve part of their sentence in the community under direct supervision. Statutory release aims to provide an offender with structure and support before the end of their sentence to improve their chances at successful reintegration into the community.
By Canadian law, the Correctional Service of Canada must release most offenders with supervision after they have served two-thirds of their sentence, if they have not already been granted parole. Offenders serving a life sentence are not eligible for statutory release.
On Monday, police in Saskatchewan confirmed Myles stopped meeting with his parole officer in May, in violation of his parole conditions. Police said they are now probing if Myles killed his brother Damien as well, and sustained injuries that might cause him to seek medical help.
According to the police, the suspects were believed to be travelling in a black Nissan Rogue with a Saskatchewan licence plate that was reported seen with two people inside on Sunday in Regina, a city more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of the James Smith Cree Nation.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the stabbings “horrific and heartbreaking.” He said “I am shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks today in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured many more”.
The James Smith Cree Nation, with a population of 2,500, declared a local state of emergency, while many residents of Saskatchewan province were urged to shelter in place. Numerous checkpoints have been set up and drivers have been urged not to pick up hitchhikers.
Since Myles is still on the run the Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned the local public ‘Do not leave a secure location. Use caution allowing others into your residence’.
The victims included a mother of two, a 77-year-old widower and a first responder.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority said in a statement it had activated emergency protocols to deal with “a high number of critical patients.” Three helicopters were dispatched from Saskatchewan and Regina to the remote northern communities to transport stabbing victims and bring a doctor to the scene.