Second suspect in Saskatchewan mass stabbings still at large after brother's death

Second suspect in Saskatchewan mass stabbings still at large after brother’s death

Sunday’s attacks – which have shaken the Canadian nation and brought the province of Saskatchewan to an end – covered 13 crime scenes in an Indigenous community and a nearby rural village, authorities said.

Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, authorities identified the suspects as brothers Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson.

On Monday morning, 31-year-old Damien Sanderson was found dead on James Smith’s Cree Nation in a “very grassy area” near a house, police said.

His injuries are not believed to be self-inflicted, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said, adding that the exact cause of death would be determined by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office.

1 Canadian stabbing suspect found dead, other still missing

Her 30-year-old brother is still at large and considered “armed and dangerous”, Blackmore said. The man has a “long criminal record” and had warrants for his arrest before the stabbings, she said.

Police have warned that Myles Sanderson may also be injured and may try to seek medical attention, but did not provide further details as to why they believe he may be injured.

“We have good reason to believe he suffered injuries. We don’t know exactly what those injuries are,” Blackmore said.

Although still at large, Myles Sanderson has been charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering a residence.

One of the victims has been identified as Gloria Burns, a first responder, according to Reuters. She was responding to a crisis call when she was caught up in the violence and killed, her brother Darryl Burns told Reuters, although the agency did not say whether the call was related to the stabbing.

“She was slaughtered,” her brother Ivor Burns told Reuters.

Police believe the suspect was in the city of Regina

Myles Sanderson is pictured in this undated image released on Monday.

The suspects are believed to have been traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with a Saskatchewan license plate that was seen with two people inside on Sunday in Regina, a city more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of the Cree Nation of James Smith, according to police.

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said that while the car’s lead was already “out of date”, it was still the most recent reliable information available to police and “we still feel that Myles is in the city of Regina”.

The vehicle had still not been found and Bray said it was unclear who else was in the car other than Damien.

  • Timeline of key events

  • Sunday September 4

    5:40 am Saskatchewan police receive a call reporting a stabbing attack on James Smith’s Cree Nation. In the minutes that followed, other stabbings in different places in the community were reported.

    7:12 Police are issuing a ‘dangerous person alert’, notifying residents of the James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities of the stabbings and asking the public to take shelter.

    7:57 The alert is updated with the names, descriptions and photos of the suspects. The suspects are identified as Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson.

    8:20 am The dangerous person alert is being extended to the entire province of Saskatchewan after the investigation confirmed that the suspects are traveling in a vehicle.

    9:45 a.m. An updated alert says there are casualties in multiple locations, including the village of Weldon, and some casualties may have been randomly attacked.

    11:25 a.m. Requests are made to the authorities of Manitoba and Alberta to extend the alert to these provinces.

    12:07 After reporting that the suspects’ vehicle had been spotted in Regina, a warning is sent to residents.

  • monday september 5

    7:36 Regina police chief says the manhunt continues.

    11:30 a.m.Authorities find an injured deceased man near a James Smith Cree Nation home. The body is later identified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as that of Damien Sanderson.

    5:53 p.m.Regina Police Chief Evan Bray says they are operating under the impression that Myles Sanderson is still in town.

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Hours are local

“Is it possible they are no longer in that community? It’s possible but we don’t have any information to refute or steer us anyway,” Bray said.

Blackmore said police have not established a motive for the attacks and there is still no word on what type of weapon was used. “It takes a significant amount of resources to process 13 crime scenes,” she said.

“There’s a lot of anxiety in our province right now in our communities and across the country,” Bray said. “And so we have to start the healing process and until we can make that arrest that’s not going to happen.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the stabbings “horrific and heartbreaking”.

“I am shocked and devastated by today’s horrific attacks on the Cree Nation of James Smith and Weldon, Saskatchewan, which claimed the lives of 10 people and injured many more,” Trudeau said in a statement. a statement.

Few details have been released about the brothers. Myles Sanderson, who remains at large, is approximately 6ft 1in and weighs 240lbs, with brown hair and brown eyes.

It remains unclear whether he was involved in Damien Sanderson’s death, police say.

“It’s an investigative lead that we’re following, but we can’t say definitively at this point,” Blackmore said.

How the attacks unfolded

Investigators were trying to piece together the order in which the attacks took place on Monday. Blackmore said the stabbings didn’t necessarily happen in the order the calls came in and it’s unclear if the brothers are believed to have carried out the attacks at the same time.

The first stabbing was reported on James Smith’s Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time, with several more calls coming in minutes later about stabbings at other locations, police said.

The James Smith Cree Nation has a population of about 3,400 with about 1,800 members living on the reserve, according to its website.

As of 9:45 a.m., authorities reported casualties at several locations, including one in the village of Weldon, and that some victims may have been attacked indiscriminately.

A total of 28 people were injured, 10 of whom died.

Helicopter crews transported some victims to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon while others were transported to local hospitals by land ambulances. Police said there may be other injured who have gone to the various hospitals.

The victims included men and women of different age groups, some of whom were apparently targeted while others may have been randomly attacked, according to Blackmore.

Police did not release information about the conditions and identities of the victims, but said the youngest was in her early 20s.

About three hours after the first stabbing was reported, authorities identified the suspects as the Sanderson brothers and told the public they were driving the black Nissan Rogue SUV.

Around noon, an alert was sent that the suspect vehicle was seen by a driver on Arcola Avenue in Regina and told the Regina public to shelter in place.

It was not until the next morning that Damien Sanderson was found dead.

CNN’s Amy Simonson, Caroll Alvarado and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.

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