Canadian Community 'Devastated' After School Shooting Leaves 4 Dead, Including 23-year-old Teacher: 'This Is Something That You Only See on TV'
Four people are dead and a suspect is in custody after a school shooting Friday in La Loche, in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, reports CNN.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed the deaths and arrest, according to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, but have released few details about the incident, including a clear timeline of events, the identities of the victims or suspect or possible charges in the deaths.
Authorities first received a report about 1 p.m. local time about gunfire at La Loche Community School, according to CNN, and a suspect was in custody by 1:47 p.m.
The town’s acting mayor, Kevin Janvier, said that his 23-year-old daughter Marie Janvier was among the dead, according to the BBC, and that police had told him the suspect allegedly killed two siblings before allegedly opening fire at the school.
Authorities are investigating two locations, according to the CBC: The school and a nearby residence.
According to the Star Phoenix, Marie was a teacher at the school of about 900.
“Her smile will light up the room on the darkest day,” one relative wrote on Facebook, according to the paper, describing Marie as the “sweetest caring person … We lost a loving sister today.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, addressing the nation, said that two people were critically wounded in the shooting, according to the Star Phoenix.
“Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Trudeau said, according to the paper. “All of us across this country’s hearts are going out to the families and to the whole community.”
“Right now, La Loche is devastated,” Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark said, according to the paper.
“Both Clearwater and La Loche, a lot of people are in shock,” Clark said. “This is something that you only see on TV most of the time.”