Saskatchewan, Canada: A manhunt is underway for one of two brothers suspected in a mass stabbing that killed ten people and injured 18 others (as of September 6th, 2022).
How the Attacks Unfold
The first stabbing was reported on the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time, and several more calls about stabbings in other locations came in minutes later, police said.
According to its website, the James Smith Cree Nation has a population of around 3,400 people, with approximately 1,800 members living on the reservation.
By 9:45 a.m, authorities reported victims in several locations, including Weldon, and that some victims may have been attacked at random.
The spree of violence spanned 13 crime scenes in this Indigenous community and a nearby rural village, according to authorities.
In total, 28 people were wounded, including 10 who died.
Some victims were flown to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon by helicopter, while others were transported to local hospitals by ground ambulances.
According to police, there may have been additional injured people who went to various hospitals.
According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the victims included men and women of various ages, some of whom were apparently targeted while others were attacked at random.
Police have not released any information about the victims' conditions or identities, but the youngest was in their early twenties.
An alert was issued around noon, reporting that the suspect vehicle had been seen by a driver on Arcola Avenue in Regina, and advising the public to shelter in place.
On Monday morning, Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation in a “heavily grassed area” near a house, police said.
“As the whereabouts of Myles Sanderson remain unknown, the emergency alert is active for the entire province and we continue to urge the public to take appropriate precautions,” RCMP Saskatchewan tweeted Tuesday.
Police are asking people to report anything suspicious. They are also urging caution for those returning after being away for the long weekend to look for "evidence of suspicious activity at and around your home before entering it."
Myles Sanderson is considered “armed and dangerous,” Blackmore said. He has a “lengthy criminal record” and had warrants out for his arrest before the stabbings, she said.
Police warned that Sanderson may also be injured and might try to seek medical attention, but did not provide further details on why they believe he might be hurt.
“We do have strong reason to believe that he has sustained some injuries. We’re not exactly sure what those injuries are,” Blackmore said.
Although still at large, Sanderson was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering into a residence.
Police haven’t established a motive
Blackmore said police haven’t established a motive for the attacks, and there’s still no word on the type of weapon that 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 throughout the country,” Bray said. “And so we need to start the healing process and until we can make this arrest that isn’t going to happen."
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the stabbings “horrific and heartbreaking.”
“I am shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks today in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured many more,” Trudeau said in a statement.
Few details have been released about the brothers. Myles Sanderson, who remains at large, stands about 6 foot 1 inch tall and weighs 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
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