Manhunt underway after at least 10 killed in Canada stabbings
- One of the two suspects in the Sunday mass stabbing in Saskatchewan was found dead Monday, Canadian authorities said. The second suspect, Myles Sanderson, remains at large.
- The stabbing left at least 10 dead and 18 injured at multiple scenes in an Indigenous community and the surrounding area in Saskatchewan.
- Some of the victims appear to have been targeted, while others are believed to have been attacked randomly, police said.
Suspect Myles Sanderson is believed to be injured and remains at large, Canadian officials said during a news conference.
“His injuries, we can’t confirm those injuries, but we do have strong reason to believe that he has sustained some injuries. We’re not exactly sure what those injuries are,” Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said.
“But we do want the public to know this because there is a possibility he may seek medical attention,” she added. “Even if he is injured, it does not mean he is not still dangerous.”
Blackmore said Myles has a lengthy criminal record that involves both persons and property crimes.
Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore speaks at a press conference on September 5.
Damien Sanderson, one of the two suspects in the mass stabbing across Saskatchewan, was found dead earlier today, Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said at a news conference.
His injuries do not appear to be self inflicted, Blackmore said.
His brother Myles — the second suspect in the stabbings — is still at large. Blackmore said he may have sustained injuries and may seek medical attention.
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a statement in Ottawa, Ontario, on September 5.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Sunday’s stabbing attacks that killed 10 and injured 18 “shocking and heartbreaking” and said the federal government will be there for the people of James Smith Cree Nation.
“My thoughts and the thoughts of all Canadians are with those who’ve lost loved ones, and with those who are injured. This kind of violence or any kind of violence has no place in our country,” Trudeau said in a press conference Monday.
Trudeau said he is monitoring the situation closely and urged everyone to follow updates from the authorities.
Trudeau said he has been in touch with the James Smith Cree Nation leadership and told them that the federal government “will be there with the resources necessary right now in this time of crisis,” and will also be a support in the weeks and months and years to come.”
He added that in addition to lowering the Peace Tower flag to half-mast, the flags of all federal buildings will also be lowered.
“Sadly, over these past years, tragedies like these have become all too commonplace. Saskatchewanians and Canadians will do what we always do in times of difficulty and anguish – we’ll be there for each other, be there for our neighbors, lean on each other, help grieve and help heal. We will continue to do that, and all Canadians will be with you in this difficult time.”
CNN’s Tanika Gray and Jennifer Feldman contributed to this report.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers at James Smith Cree Nation talk to each other on September 5.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told the people of Saskatchewan to “Please remain vigilant,” while two individuals remain at large in connection to a stabbing rampage that left at least 10 people and 18 injured.
“The RCMP continued through the night, and this morning we continue to use every available resource to address both the crime scenes and the efforts to locate these two individuals. Damian Sanderson and Myles Sanderson have both been charged with first-degree murder,” Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said in an update on the investigation. “They are wanted men.”
Blackmore urged anyone who has any information that could be beneficial to the investigation or to locating the individuals to call the police immediately.
“We are undertaking every effort to locate them as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of the public,” Blackmore said.
Blackmore also sent a message to those who have lost loved ones.
“To those of you who have lost a loved one, our hearts ache and break for you. I hope that you can find some comfort in the days ahead as you deal with your grief,” she said.
Blackmore also thanked partners that have assisted RCMP in the investigation.
Amy Simonson contributed to this report
The flag on Canada’s Peace Tower will be flown at half-mast Monday and Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a tweet Monday afternoon.
The Peace Tower is a widely recognized symbol of Canada that sits on Parliament Hill and the Ottawa River.
“Today and tomorrow, the flag on the Peace Tower will be flown at half-mast — in memory of those who lost their lives during yesterday’s attacks in Saskatchewan, and in solidarity with everyone affected by this violence. All Canadians are there for you,” the tweet said.
The amount of people injured from Sunday’s mass stabbing incident now stands at 18, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Saskatchewan police said in an updated news release.
“Investigators have confirmed there are ten deceased victims. We anticipate releasing further details about the victims later in the day,” police said in a news release obtained by CNN affiliate CTV.
Police have also officially charged the two suspects, Myles and Damien Sanderson, with, “first degree murder, Section 235(1), Criminal Code; one count, attempted murder, Section 239(b), Criminal Code; and one count, break and enter – residence, Section 348(1)(b), Criminal Code.”
Police also plan to extend its “dangerous person alert,” the update said. “This alert will be extended, and we urge residents to continue to remain vigilant until Myles and Damien Sanderson are located and arrested,” the release stated.
As far as the men’s whereabouts, police said they might be in Regina, but that it “has not been confirmed.”
Multiple police agencies, including Regina police, Manitoba RCMP, and Alberta RCMP are assisting in the search.
Overnight search attempts to catch the two men suspected of a mass stabbing on Sunday in Saskatchewan, Canada, were unsuccessful, the Regina police chief said in an update on Monday.
“The two suspects are still at large, despite efforts through the night by @reginapolice and @RCMPSK,” Chief Evan Bray said in a tweet. “If anyone has information that would assist in locating and safely taking Myles and Damien Sanderson into custody, we urge you to call police.”
Myles and Damien Sanderson are suspects in a mass stabbing Sunday that left at least 10 dead and 15 injured at multiple scenes in an Indigenous community and the surrounding area in Saskatchewan, authorities say.
“Unfortunately, the two males are still at large,” Bray said in a video accompanying his tweet. “This despite ongoing relentless efforts through the night by both the RCMP and the Regina police service to locate these two individuals. They have not yet been located,” he added.
Bray said a new shift of workers and eyes is taking over the search Monday.
“We will not stop this investigation until we have those two safely in custody,” he added.
Watch the latest update from the police chief here:
A police forensics team investigates a crime scene in Weldon, Saskatchewan, on Sunday.
Police received the first report of a stabbing on the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) on Sunday morning, and within minutes several more calls came in reporting other stabbings throughout the community, police said.
Within hours, the situation developed into a mass stabbing event with at least 25 victims, 10 of whom died, police said.
Three helicopters from STARS Air Ambulance were dispatched to James Smith Cree Nation during the attack, company spokesperson Mark Oddan told CNN. The first crew to arrive jumped into triage the victims and the second aircraft brought a physician to help with triage and lead the emergency response, he said.
The helicopter crews took some victims to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and several other patients were brought to local hospitals by ground ambulances, Oddan said. He was not able to provide details on the patients or their conditions.
Multiple dangerous persons alerts were issued by police over the course of the morning, expanding across the Saskatchewan province and into neighboring Manitoba and Alberta.
Canadian Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino asked residents to take shelter.
“To everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those in proximity to the James Smith Cree First Nation area, please shelter in place and stay safe,” he tweeted.
Authorities have identified 13 separate scenes where the attacks took place.
There may be additional victims who were injured and transported themselves to the hospital, police said, urging possible victims to contact law enforcement.
“Our thoughts are with the many victims deceased and injured, their family, friends and community. It is horrific what has occurred in our province today,” Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Rhonda Blackmore said.
Here’s where the attack occurred in Saskatchewan:
Canada’s Minister of Public Safety tweeted Sunday afternoon advising Canadians in Saskatchewan to “shelter in place” as the manhunt for two individuals in Canada is underway.
Mendicino said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan is addressing the situation.
Scott Moe, premier of Saskatchewan, offered his condolences to the people of the province tweeting, “There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. All of Saskatchewan grieves with the victims and their families.”
Saskatchewan Province’s Emergency Public Alerting system has listed the manhunt as a “Civil Emergency” warning residents in the Regina area to “take precautions.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his concern about the stabbings in Saskatchewan on Sunday, describing them in a tweet as “horrific and heartbreaking.”
“I’m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured,” the prime minister said.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, and urge everyone to follow updates from local authorities,” Trudeau tweeted. “Thank you to all the brave first responders for their efforts on the ground.”
See Trudeau’s tweet:
Damien Sanderson, left, and Myles Sanderson
Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, police identified Damian Sanderson and Myles Sanderson as suspects in the stabbing spree.
Damien Sanderson, 31, is described by authorities as 5-feet-7 inches tall and 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Myles Sanderson, 30, is 6-feet-1-inch tall and 240 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, according to police.
Officials haven’t said whether the pair are related.
The vehicle they are believed to be driving was reportedly spotted around 11:45 a.m. in Regina, police said. Regina is more than 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) south of the James Smith Cree Nation.
“This is why we need everyone in the province to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling 911 immediately,” Blackmore said in a statement Sunday. “If you see the suspects and/or their vehicle, do not approach them or their vehicle, immediately leave the area, and call 911.”
In a message to the two suspects, Blackmore said, “If Damien and Myles are listening or receive this information, I would ask that they turn themselves into police immediately.”
Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore speaks next to Regina Police Chief Evan Bray during a news conference in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Sunday.
A manhunt is underway in Canada for two “armed and dangerous” men who are suspects in a mass stabbing Sunday that left at least 10 dead and 15 injured at multiple scenes in an Indigenous community and the surrounding area in Saskatchewan, authorities say.
The suspects, identified by police as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, are believed to be traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said, noting it’s unclear whether the pair may have changed vehicles.
Leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation declared a state of emergency Sunday in response to “numerous murders and assaults” on members of the community, according to a news release. At least one attack also occurred in the neighboring community of Weldon, police said.
“It is certainly a very significant event if not the largest we’ve seen in the last number of years,” Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Rhonda Blackmore said.
Some victims appear to have been targeted, while others are believed to have been attacked randomly, police said.