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Ten killed in Canada stabbing spree: What, where and who?


Suspects away from home after attacks at James Smith Cree Nation and nearby Weldon village in Saskatchewan province.

Published On 5 Sep 2022

Police in Canada are trying to find two men defined as suspects in a stabbing spree in the central province of Saskatchwan that left at the very least 10 people dead.

Another 15 individuals were wounded in the attacks on Sunday in the remote Indigenous community of James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby town of Weldon.

It really is horrific what has occurred inside our province today, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore told a news conference.

Heres what we realize up to now:

What happened through the attack?

  • Police received a call at 5: 40am (11: 40 GMT) on Sunday, reporting a stabbing at the James Smith Cree Nation. More calls describing knife attacks in your community came in quick succession, reporting violence at 13 locations.
  • Blackmore said a few of the victims might have been targeted plus some could be random and a motive had not been immediately clear. She said several victims identified the attackers.
  • Police named the suspects as Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30.
  • The attackers fled in a black Nissan Rogue and were sighted in Regina, the provincial capital that’s a lot more than 300km (185 miles) south of the violence. A police search was expanded to add the neighbouring provinces of Manitoba and Alberta.
  • Television images showed rural homes, in fields of tall grass and trees, in James Smith Cree Nation cordoned off with police tape. On social media marketing, local residents shared images of the attacks aftermath, including a broken door handle to a burgled home.
Mugshots of the two men wanted over a stabbing spree in Saskatchewan
Photos released by police show Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, both suspects [Royal Canadian Mounted Police Saskatchewan/AFP]

That are the suspects?

  • Little information has been released concerning the two suspects, although police have warned they must be considered armed and dangerous.
  • Police described Damien Sanderson as 170cm (5-foot-7) tall and weighing 70kg (155 pounds) with black hair and brown eyes. Myles Sanderson was referred to as 185cm (6-foot-1) and weighing 109kg (240 pounds) with brown hair and brown eyes.
  • IN-MAY, Myles Sanderson was listed as unlawfully most importantly by Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers, a programme that encourages the general public to cooperate with police to get wanted suspects. There have been no further information regarding why he was wanted at that time.
A forensics team investigates a crime scene after multiple individuals were killed and injured in the village of Weldon, Saskatchewan [David Stobbe/Reuters]

What do we realize concerning the victims?

  • One victim of the attack was defined as Lana Head, a mother of two daughters, her former partner, Michael Brett Burns, told the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). He said her male partner was also killed in the attack at the James Smith Cree Nation.
  • Its sick how jail time, alcohol and drugs can destroy many lives, Burns said. Im hurt for several this loss.
  • Residents of the village of Weldon also identified Wes Petterson, 77, as you of these killed.
  • Ruby Works told APTN the widower was referred to as a helpful neighbour who loved cats and made homemade jam.He didnt do anything. He didnt deserve this. He was an excellent, kind-hearted man.
  • The identities of other victims weren’t immediately released.

Lana Head has been defined as among the individuals who was fatally stabbed Sunday on James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN News (@APTNNews) September 5, 2022

Where did the attacks happen?

  • James Smith Cree Nation can be an Indigenous community with a population around 3,400, although no more than 1,900 members of the city currently go on the reserve.
  • THE COUNTRY took its name from the initial chief of the James Smith Band and the reserve was officially established within an 1876 treaty. It really is one of the most than 630 First Nation groups, such as Indigenous Canadians who typically lived below the Arctic region and so are distinct from the Inuit and Metis communities.
  • James Smith Cree Nation is approximately 150sq kilometres (58 square miles).
  • Indigenous communities constitute about 5 percent of Canadas population, but have higher degrees of poverty, unemployment, and a lower than other Canadians.
  • Neighbouring Weldon is really a village around 200 people.


Are mass attacks common in Canada?

  • Sundays attack is one of the deadliest in Canadian history and, while mass killings aren’t as common as in a few countries, there were several incidents recently.
  • In 2020, a guy posing as a officer fatally shot 22 people in Nova Scotia province in the worst mass killing event on record.
  • 2 yrs earlier, in Toronto, a guy rammed a van into pedestrians, killing 11 people.
  • In 2017 a guy opened fire during evening prayers at a mosque in Quebec City, Quebec.

The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. Im thinking about anyone who has lost someone you care about and of these who have been injured.

Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 4, 2022



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