The manhunt for two men suspected of a mass stabbing incident in Saskatchewan, Canada, continued on Monday. As reported by the AP:
REGINA, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian police searched on Monday for two men suspected of stabbing 10 people to death in an Indigenous community and a nearby town, as the massive manhunt following one of the nation’s deadliest mass killings entered its second day.
Authorities have said some of the victims were targeted and others appeared to have been chosen at random in a series of attacks on the James Smith Cree Nation and in the town of Weldon in Saskatchewan province. They have given no motive for the crimes, which also left 15 people wounded — but a senior Indigenous leader suggested drugs were somehow involved.
The investigation is being conducted jointly by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Alberta. The attack began early Sunday morning. Per CNN:
“We are dedicating a maximum number of resources to this investigation,” said Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore with the RCMP Saskatchewan in a statement.
Blackmore said the first stabbing report came at 5:40 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) on the James Smith Cree Nation and within minutes they received multiple calls reporting additional stabbings. Over the next six hours, Saskatchewan RCMP sent out multiple alerts and updates on the stabbings including issuing a Dangerous Persons Alert for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.
Authorities said there are 13 crime scenes where victims were found across Saskatchewan in the communities of James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon. Several victims were injured, at least 15 of whom were taken to various hospitals, Blackmore said, adding that there may be additional injured victims who took themselves to the hospital.
“It is certainly a very significant event if not the largest we’ve seen in the last number of years,” Blackmore said.
The two suspects are identified as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson and are thought to be traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan plates.
Regina Chief of Police Evan Bray provided an update Monday morning:
Monday, Sept 5th morning update. The two suspects are still at large, despite efforts through the night by @reginapolice and @RCMPSK. If anyone has information that would assist in locating and safely taking Myles and Damien Sanderson into custody, we urge you to call police. pic.twitter.com/9DCJqo1Vj6
— Chief Evan Bray (@evanjbray) September 5, 2022
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a statement regarding the attacks:
Please read my full statement on the attacks in Saskatchewan: https://t.co/YEYHR6utxo
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 5, 2022