LA LOCHE, Sask. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says five people have been killed and two critically injured in a school shooting in northern Saskatchewan.
Speaking from Davos, Switzerland, Trudeau said the alleged shooter is in custody and the situation is “no longer active.”
Details are still scarce as the RCMP have not provided any information about the mid-day shooting at the La Loche Community School’s high school building.
Trudeau said the commissioner of the RCMP advised him of the situation.
“Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” the prime minister said. “All of us across this country’s hearts are going out to the families and to the whole community.”
Premier Brad Wall issued a statement expressing shock and sorrow at what he called “the horrific events.”
The school’s junior and senior high school building was put in lockdown around 1 p.m. and Mounties asked parents and residents to stay away.
At least 2 dead in school shooting: source
LA LOCHE, Sask. – A government source tells The Canadian Press at least two people have been killed in a mid-day shooting at a remote northern Saskatchewan school.
RCMP did not release any details about what they called a “serious incident.”
The source was not authorized to speak on the record and requested anonymity.
Premier Brad Wall issued a statement Friday expressing shock and sorrow at what he called “the horrific events” in La Loche.
He also thanked RCMP and emergency personnel who responded quickly.
The shooting happened at the La Loche Community School’s junior and senior high school building, which was put in lockdown, around 1 p.m.
Mounties asked parents and residents to stay away.
“We are in the preliminary stages of investigation,” the RCMP say in a release.
The Ducharme Elementary School a few blocks away was also locked down as a precaution.
“Saskatchewan Education and Social Services will be available to provide all necessary crisis support and counselling services to the school and the community,” Wall said.
La Loche is a remote Dene community of about 3,000 people on the eastern shore of Lac La Loche in the northern boreal forest.
The area’s NDP MP, who attended the same school, was setting up a constituency office in the community when the shooting occurred.
“We’re fairly shaken up. It’s a sad day,” said Georgina Jolibois, who was mayor of La Loche until she was elected federally last fall.
“My own nieces and nephews were inside the school.”
Jolibois said she went to the school and spoke with some of her family members, who were unharmed. She wouldn’t reveal details of the shooting, saying she preferred RCMP to release the information.