4 Dead In Worst Canada School Shooting In Decade
WINNIPEG: Four people were killed and others injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Friday and a male suspect is in custody, Canadian police said.
Officials have not given a motivation for the shooting in La Loche, about 600 km (375 miles) north of the city of Saskatoon.
"Obviously this is every parent's worst nightmare," said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who initially reported five people were killed. He was in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual World Economic Forum.
Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States. In the country's worst school shooting, 14 college students were killed at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. A shooting in 1992 at Concordia University in Montreal killed four.
The latest shooting occurred in the high school, called the Dene Building, and another location in Saskatchewan, Trudeau and Canadian police said.
Police took the suspect into custody outside the school and seized a gun.
La Loche acting Mayor Kevin Janvier told the Canadian Press the incident may have started at the suspect's home.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what’s actually happened but it started at home and ended at the school," Janvier said.
Among Canada’s provinces, Saskatchewan had the highest rate of police-reported family violence in 2014, double the national rate of 243 incidents per 100,000 people, according to a Statistics Canada report on Thursday.
Extra doctors and nurses were sent to treat patients in Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority's 16-bed hospital, said spokesman Dale West. He declined to say how many people had been injured.
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