Ten people were killed in a series of stabbings in Saskatchewan, Canada, on Sunday, while a search is underway for two men who police said are suspects.
Thirteen active crime scenes are currently being investigated in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon Village, and 18 other people have been injured. According to authorities, some of the victims may have been targeted and others may have been attacked at random.
According to police, the first call reporting a stabbing came in at 5:40 a.m. local time, with several more calls coming from other locations in the following minutes. The suspects were identified by authorities as Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson.
“It’s horrific what happened today in our province,” said Rhonda Blackmore, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, at a press conference Sunday afternoon.
The two men were later located around 11:45 am. in a black Nissan Rogue in Regina, a city of 250,000 about 100 miles north of the Montana border. They are considered armed and dangerous and so far no information has been released about a possible motive.
“We urge the public to take appropriate precautions. Do not leave a secure location. Be careful allowing others into your residence,” RCMP in Saskatchewan he tweeted. “DO NOT APPROACH suspicious persons. Do not pick up hitchhikers.”
The alert for the suspects was extended to the neighboring provinces of Alberta and Manitoba, a vast area. However, authorities said Sunday afternoon that they had not seen any further of the men since they appeared to be in the city of Regina.
“At this point, we don’t know if they have changed vehicles since this morning,” Blackmore said. “Their location and direction of travel is unknown. That’s why we need everyone in the province to remain vigilant.”
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray he said The two men were still at large as of Monday and asked for the public’s help, adding that he was confident someone had information that could lead to the suspect’s location.
On Monday, Saskatchewan RCMP said they had charged both men in the attacks.
Miles Sanderson faces three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of breaking and entering a dwelling. Damien Sanderson was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of breaking and entering a dwelling.
Authorities also said warrants have been issued for their arrest and that further charges are expected as the investigation progresses.
In a statement, Blackmore of the Saskatchewan RCMP said authorities are using every human, investigative and technological resource at their disposal to locate and arrest the two men.
“Hundreds of Saskatchewan RCMP personnel are dedicated to this investigation,” Blackmore said. “This includes operators who take 911 calls and tips, to front-line officers who patrol our streets to the forensics and Major Crimes Unit teams who continue to follow up on all the information and evidence gathered.”