Knife attacks in Canada: Suspect still at large after 10 dead and 18 injured at 13 crime scenes in Saskatchewan, Canada
Sunday’s attacks – which shook the Canadian nation and brought the province of Saskatchewan to a halt – covered up 13 crime scenes, authorities said.
Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, authorities identified the suspects as brothers Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson.
On Monday morning, 31-year-old Damien Sanderson was found dead on James Smith’s Cree Nation in a « very grassy area » near a house, police said.
His injuries are not believed to be self-inflicted, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said, adding that the exact cause of death would be determined by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office.
Her 30-year-old brother is still at large and considered « armed and dangerous », Blackmore said. The man has a « long criminal record » and had warrants for his arrest before the stabbings, she said.
Police warned Sanderson could also be injured and may try to seek medical attention, but did not provide further details on why they believe he could be injured.
« We have good reason to believe he suffered injuries. We don’t know exactly what those injuries are, » Blackmore said.
Although still at large, Myles Sanderson has been charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering a residence.
The suspects are believed to be traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with a Saskatchewan license plate which was seen by a witness with two people inside on Sunday in Regina, a city more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) north. south of James Smith’s Cree Nation. , according to the police.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said that while the car’s lead was already « out of date », it was still the most recent reliable information available to police and « we still feel that Myles is in the city of Regina ».
The vehicle had still not been found and Bray said it was unclear who else was in the car other than Damien.
« Is it possible they are no longer in that community? It’s possible but we don’t have any information to refute or steer us anyway, » Bray said.
Blackmore said police have not established a motive for the attacks and there is still no word on what type of weapon was used. “It takes a significant amount of resources to process 13 crime scenes,” she said.
« There’s a lot of anxiety in our province right now in our communities and across the country, » Bray said. « And so we have to start the healing process and until we can make that arrest that’s not going to happen. »
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the stabbings « horrific and heartbreaking ».
« I am shocked and devastated by today’s horrific attacks on the Cree Nation of James Smith and Weldon, Saskatchewan, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured many more, » Trudeau said in a statement. a statement.
What we know about the suspects
Few details have been released about the brothers.
Myles Sanderson, who remains at large, is approximately 6ft 1in and weighs 240lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.
It remains unclear whether he was involved in Damien Sanderson’s death, police say.
« It’s an investigative lead that we’re following, but we can’t say definitively at this point, » Blackmore said.
How the attacks unfolded
Investigators were trying Monday to piece together the order in which the attacks took place. Blackmore said the stabbings didn’t necessarily happen in the order the calls came in and it’s unclear if the brothers are believed to have carried out the attacks at the same time.
The first stabbing was reported on James Smith’s Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time, with several more calls coming in minutes later about stabbings at other locations, police said.
As of 9:45 a.m., authorities reported casualties at several locations, including one in the village of Weldon, and that some victims may have been attacked indiscriminately.
A total of 28 people were injured, 10 of whom died.
Helicopter crews transported some victims to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon while others were transported to local hospitals by land ambulances. Police said there may be other injured who have gone to the various hospitals.
The victims included men and women of different age groups, some of whom were apparently targeted while others may have been randomly attacked, according to Blackmore.
Police did not release information about the victims’ conditions and identities, but said the youngest was in her early 20s.
About three hours after the first stabbing was reported, authorities identified the suspects as the Sanderson brothers and told the public they were driving the black Nissan Rogue SUV.
Around noon, an alert was sent that the suspect vehicle was seen by a driver on Arcola Avenue in Regina and told the public in Regina to shelter in place.
It was not until the next morning that Damien Sanderson was found dead.
CNN’s Amy Simonson and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.