At least 10 people have died and 15 have been hospitalized after a series of stabbing attacks in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, police said Sunday. It was loose in the evening.
Police said stabbings occurred in 13 locations throughout James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon Village.
The RCMP said it is looking for Damian Sanderson, 31, and Miles Sanderson, 30, in connection with the stabbing. Damien Sanderson is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 155 pounds. According to police, Miles Sanderson is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 200 pounds. Police believe they may be driving a black Nissan Rogue.
RCMP Saskatchewan Deputy Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said some of the victims appeared to have been targeted by the suspects, while others appeared to have been attacked at random. Couldn’t provide motivation.
“What happened in our state today is terrifying,” Blackmore said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Today’s attacks in Saskatchewan are terrifying and heartbreaking. My thoughts are with those who lost loved ones and were injured.”
Blackmore said police began receiving reports of stabbings in First Nations communities before 6 a.m. Reports of the attack soon followed, and by noon, police issued a warning that a vehicle allegedly carrying two of his suspects had been spotted in Regina.
Police said the last information they received from the public was that the suspect was seen at lunch. There have been no sightings since then.
“If you are in the Regina area, take precautions and consider evacuation. Please report the incident or information to 9-1-1.Please do not.Disclose the location of the police,” the RCMP said in a Twitter message.
Diane Shire of Weldon said she was in her yard Sunday morning when she noticed paramedics a few blocks away.
Shier said a male neighbor who lived with his grandson was killed. Out of respect for her family, she did not want to identify her victims.
“I am very upset because I lost a good neighbor,” she said.
Fans flooded Regina as the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League sold out their annual Labor Day game, prompting a search for a suspect.
In a news release, the Regina Police Service said, with the help of the Mounties, they are working on several fronts to find and arrest suspects, and “have taken action against the public throughout the city, including football games at Mosaic Stadium.” We have deployed additional resources for the safety of
The alert, originally issued by the Melfort Saskatchewan RCMP around 7 a.m., was extended hours later to cover Manitoba and Alberta as two suspects remained missing.
Saskatchewan health officials said several patients were being treated at multiple facilities.
“Additional staff calls have been issued to respond to the influx of casualties,” agency spokeswoman Ann Lineman said in an email.
STARS Air Ambulance spokesman Mark Oddan said two helicopters were dispatched from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and another from Regina.
Two carried patients to the Royal College Hospital at Saskatoon, and a third from the hospital at Melfort, a short distance southeast of Weldon, to the Royal College.
Oddan said privacy laws prevent her from disclosing information about her age, gender and condition.