Melfort RCMP have issued a province-wide dangerous person alert after multiple people were stabbed in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan.
RCMP said at a 3:40 p.m. CT news conference that they found 10 people dead and at least 15 people were hospitalized. RCMP said they found 13 incident locations in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon.
“There may be other injured victims who have been transported to various hospitals,” said Saskatchewan RCMP Commanding Officer Rhonda Blackmore.
“We are currently actively looking for it, devoting maximum resources to it.”
RCMP said they received a report that the two suspects, identified as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, may have been traveling in the Arcola Avenue area of Regina. Regina police said the suspects were seen around 11:20 a.m.
An RCMP alert has been issued for the first time at 7:12 a.m. CT Sunday and has since had several updates. RCMP say two male suspects were in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI. Since suspects may have access to a vehicle, the RCMP has extended the alert province-wide.
With the suspects at large, Blackmore said they also requested that the alert be extended to Manitoba and Alberta.
“At this time, we have no indication that they have traveled to another province,” she said.
Damien Sanderson is 31 years old, five feet seven inches tall, weighs 155 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes.
Myles Sanderson is 30 years old, six foot one inch tall, 240 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.
Blackmore told the press conference that the relationship between the suspects is currently unclear.
The location and direction of the suspects’ travel is unknown, Blackmore said, but everyone in Saskatchewan should remain vigilant as this is one of the largest and most important events they have seen in recent times. years.
“We don’t know if they changed vehicles,” she said. “At this stage of our investigation, we believe that some victims were targeted by the suspect and others were randomly attacked.”
Police are asking residents of Regina to take precautions and consider sheltering in place. RCMP said residents should be careful not to let other people into their homes and not to leave a safe area.
Regina-area residents are also advised not to approach suspicious people or pick up hitchhikers.
Instead, the RCMP said they should report suspicious people, emergencies or information to 911. They are also asked not to share police locations.
James Smith Cree Nation State of Emergency
In response to James Smith’s “massive loss” to the Cree Nation, the community, along with the Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation and the Peter Chapman Band, declared a state of emergency Sunday noon.
It is expected to remain in place until 5 p.m. on September 30.
The James Smith Cree Nation is located approximately 25 kilometers northeast of Weldon and approximately 60 kilometers southeast of Prince Albert.
Police checkpoints have been set up across Saskatchewan, at least from Prince Albert to Regina, with officers checking identities.
Three STARS air ambulances were dispatched to James Smith Cree Nation beginning around 6 a.m. Sunday.
Mark Oddan, a STARS air ambulance spokesman, told CBC News that two of those helicopters were dispatched from Saskatoon and one from Regina.
The first crew from Saskatoon triaged patients at the scene, and the second plane brought a doctor to the scene to direct the response.
With the doctor included, there were 13 crew members in total who attended the scene.
Other ground crews transported patients to hospitals in Prince Albert, Nipawin and Melfort, Oddan said in the email.
The three STARS ambulances each transported a patient to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Two patients were taken to the scene and one was transported from Melfort Hospital where they had arrived by land ambulance.
Hospitals need staff
Anne Lindemann, spokeswoman for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said in an email that the health authority has activated its emergency response process to respond to “the influx of victims,” including calling for additional staff.
The SHA did not say how many people were injured in the stabbings and did not confirm any deaths at the time, but said several people were being triaged and treated at multiple sites.
“As with any high casualty incident, our emergency preparedness teams are responding to changing needs to ensure patients are triaged and cared for appropriately,” he said.
Prince Albert and Regina police take part in a manhunt
The Prince Albert Police Service and the Regina Police Service are assisting the Saskatchewan RCMP in the search for the two suspects.
In Prince Albert, police said officers were manning checkpoints across the city.
Residents are asked to stay in a safe place and exercise caution before letting anyone into their homes.
Motorists and residents should also expect traffic delays.
In Regina, police are “actively investigating multiple fronts to locate and arrest suspects,” the service said in a statement.
“In addition, RPS deployed additional public safety resources throughout the city, including the football game at Mosaic Stadium.”
The Labor Day Classic CFL football game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is expected to continue as planned with an increased police presence in the area, including at Mosaic Stadium.