Authorities in Canada are looking for two men in connection with a mass stabbing that occurred on Sunday in Saskatchewan, central Canada, and resulted in at least ten fatalities and 15 injuries. Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson have been named as the two suspects by the authorities, who have advised the public to exercise caution.
The two are driving a black Nissan Rogue with the Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI, considered armed and dangerous. The stabbings are being looked into by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba. RCMP Saskatchewan Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore says, “We are devoting a maximum number of resources to this investigation.”
Please understand that we are still looking for the two suspects. We are requesting that people in Saskatchewan and our neighboring provinces exercise caution. According to our current investigation, Blackmore said that some victims might have been specifically targeted by the suspects, while others may have been the targets of random attacks.
Authorities described the 31-year-old Damien Sanderson as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Myles Sanderson is described as a 30-year-old man who weighs 240 pounds, stands 6 feet 1 inch tall, and has brown eyes and hair.
The stabbings are “horrific and heartbreaking,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Sunday afternoon.
Later on Sunday, Trudeau released a statement in which he urged everyone in the area to heed law enforcement’s advice to seek shelter and take the necessary precautions because the situation was still developing.
“The leadership of the James Smith Cree Nation community has been in direct contact with the Government of Canada, and we are prepared to help in any way we can. Must bring The perpetrators of today’s heinous attacks to justice in full. “To the Saskatchewanian people and the James Smith Cree Nation: Know that you are in our prayers. To help you through this trying time, we are here, said Trudeau.
Blackmore said the first stabbing report on the James Smith Cree Nation came at 5:40 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET), and they soon received numerous calls reporting additional stabbings. The Saskatchewan RCMP issued multiple alerts and updates on the stabbings over the following six hours, including a Dangerous Persons Alert for Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta.
According to the authorities, Weldon and James Smith Cree Nation have 13 crime scenes where bodies have been discovered. At least 15 injured victims were transported to various hospitals, according to Blackmore, who also speculated that there might be more hurt people who went to the hospital by themselves.
According to Blackmore, it is unquestionably very substantial, if not the most significant event in recent memory. According to a statement on the Facebook page of the Federation of Sovereign Indian Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in the province, James Smith Cree Nation leaders declared a state of emergency in response to the “numerous murders and assault on members of James Smith Cree Nation.”
According to the statement, two emergency operations centers have been established to provide health support to the local communities. According to STARS spokesman Mark Odden, three helicopters from STARS Air Ambulance were sent to the James Smith Cree Nation during the mass stabbing incident. According to him, Saskatoon provided two helicopters, and Regina provided the third.
According to Odden, the first crew from Saskatoon conducted a preliminary triage of the victims on the scene. The second aircraft flew in a doctor to assist with the triage and direct the emergency response. “If Damien and Myles are listening or receive this information, I would ask that they turn themselves into police immediately,” Blackmore wrote in a message to the two suspects.
“Our hearts go out to the countless victims—dead and alive—and to their loved ones, neighbors, and community. What happened in our province today is horrible,” she continued. Following the violence on Sunday, authorities declared a “civil emergency” and advised Regina residents to “take precautions.”
Canadian Minister of Public Safety Marco Mendicino tweeted, “To everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those close to the James Smith Cree First Nation area, please shelter in place and stay safe. Scott Moe, the premier of Saskatchewan, tweeted his condolences to the state’s residents.
“No words can adequately express the suffering and loss brought on by this senseless violence. Moe tweeted that the victims and their families are in our thoughts and prayers.
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL team tweeted that the mass stabbing also resulted in heightened security at the team’s game.
As a result, more law enforcement officers have been stationed throughout Mosaic Stadium and the neighborhood, according to the statement. On game days, “The Club operates a centralized command center that enables immediate connection to local emergency services and the ability to receive up-to-date information when an emergency occurs.”