Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Rhonda Blackmore, said: “If not the biggest event in years, it’s certainly a very important event.
Some of the victims were believed to have been targeted, while others were believed to have been randomly attacked, police said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “shocked and devastated” by the violent attacks.
“As Canadians, I join with all those affected by this tragic violence, and the people of Saskatchewan, to extend our deepest condolences and wish a full and speedy recovery to those injured,” Trudeau said. said in a statement Sunday night.
Here’s what we know as the manhunt continues.
How did the attack unfold?
Police received the first report of a stabbing in James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. and received several more calls within minutes to report other stabbings throughout the community, police said. Stated.
Within hours, the situation escalated into a mass stabbing that left at least 25 victims, 10 of whom died, according to police.
Three STARS Air Ambulance helicopters were dispatched to the James Smith Crineation during the attack, company spokesman Mark Oddan told CNN. The crew that arrived first flew in to triage victims, and the second aircraft brought in a doctor to help with triage and lead the emergency response, he said.
Helicopter crews carried some victims to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Oddan said, while several other patients were taken by ground ambulance to local hospitals. We were unable to provide details about the condition.
Multiple dangerous person alerts were issued by police this morning and have spread across Saskatchewan and into neighboring states of Manitoba and Alberta.
“Everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those near James Smith Cree First Nations areas, please evacuate and stay safe,” he tweeted.
Authorities have identified 13 separate scenes where the attacks took place. Police said there may be other victims who were taken to hospital with injuries, and urged potential victims to contact law enforcement.
“Our thoughts are with the many victims who died or were injured, their families, friends and communities. What happened in our state today is horrific,” Blackmore said.
Who are the suspects?
Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, police identified Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson as suspects in the stabbing.
Damien Sanderson, 31, is described by authorities as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes. According to police, 30-year-old Miles Sanderson is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
Officials have not revealed whether the pair are related.
The vehicle they believed to be driving was reportedly found in Regina around 11:45 a.m., police said. Regina is more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of the James Smith Clean Nation.
“This requires everyone in the state to stay vigilant and call 911 immediately if there is any suspicious activity,” Blackmore said in a statement Sunday. “If you see a suspect or his car, do not approach him or his car, leave the area immediately, and call 911.”
In a message to the two suspects, Blackmore said, “If Damian and Miles have heard or received this information, please report them to police immediately.” .
What was the reaction of those involved?
The violent attack has unsettled Canadian residents and officials as law enforcement rushes to arrest the suspect.
“There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. The entire state of Saskatchewan grieves with the victims and their families,” Moe wrote.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba are jointly investigating the stabbing incident.
“We are devoting all of our resources to this investigation,” Blackmore said.
James Smith Cree Nation leaders said in a statement that two emergency centers had been set up to “provide health assistance” to affected communities.
“The club will operate a centralized control center on match days to ensure instant connection to local emergency services and to receive up-to-date information when emergencies of any kind occur,” the team said on Twitter. said in a statement.
CNN’s Paula Newton and Amir Vera contributed to this report.