Suspect wanted for more than 10 stab wounds in Canada found dead

One of the suspects in the murder of 10 people in a series of stabbings has been found dead and his injuries were not self-inflicted, Canadian police have said.

They said his brother, also a suspect, may be injured and still at large.

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead and they believe Myles Sanderson, 30, is in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The men are believed to have killed 10 people in a series of stabbing attacks in an indigenous community and a nearby town.

A massive manhunt for the perpetrators of one of the deadliest attacks in the country’s history dragged on into the second day.

Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore with images of Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press/AP)

Authorities said some of the victims were targeted and others appeared to have been picked at random from the James Smith Cree Nation and the town of Weldon in the province of Saskatchewan.

They gave no motive for the crimes, which also left 18 people injured, but a senior Indigenous leader suggested drugs were somehow involved.

Fear has gripped working-class rural communities in Saskatchewan, surrounded by farmland terrorized by crime.

A witness who said he lost family members described seeing people with bloody wounds scattered throughout the native reservation.

“No one in this town will ever sleep again. They are going to be terrified to open their door,” said Ruby Works, who also lost a loved one and lives in Weldon, which has around 200 residents and is home to many. retirees.

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A crime scene in Weldon, Saskatchewan (Heywood Yu/The Canadian Press/AP)

As Labor Day weekend drew to a close on Monday, police had urged Saskatchewan residents returning from trips to check for suspicious activity around their homes before entering.

The stabbing was one of the deadliest massacres in Canada, where such crimes are less common than in the United States.

The deadliest gun rampage in Canadian history occurred in 2020, when a man disguised as a policeman shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia. Scotland, killing 22 people.

In 2019, a man used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto.

“It’s horrible what’s happened in our province,” said Rhonda Blackmore, Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan.

The leader of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations suggested the stabbings could be drug-related.

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Flowers in front of a victim’s home in Weldon, Saskatchewan (Robert Bumsted/AP)

“This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we call on all authorities to follow the instructions of Chiefs and Councils and their members to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” Chief Bobby Cameron said.

Elected leaders from the three communities that make up the James Smith Cree Nation have declared a local state of emergency.

Chakastaypasin chief Calvin Sanderson, who is apparently unrelated to the suspects, said everyone was affected by the tragic events.

“They were our parents, our friends,” Sanderson said of the victims. “It’s pretty awful.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the flag above the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa would be flown at half-mast.

“Unfortunately, in recent years, tragedies like these have become all too common.

“Saskatchewans and Canadians will do what we always do in difficult and anxious times, we will be there for each other,” Trudeau said.

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