© Reuters. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has named Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson as suspects in the stabbing in Saskatchewan, Canada, in this undated RCMP release dated September 4, 2022 was captured in the picture. Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Documentvi
David Stobbe and Rod Nickel
Weldon, Saskatchewan (Reuters) – Two men suspected of killing 10 people in a knife attack on an Indigenous community in Canada were freed on Monday as authorities tried to determine a motive for the attacks that shocked A country where mass violence is rare. .
Police have launched a manhunt for Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30, who allegedly stabbed people in 13 different areas in the Aboriginal community and surrounding provinces on Sunday. At least 15 others were injured.
The Saskatchewan attack was one of the deadliest in modern Canadian history. A statement from Indigenous leaders said they may have been drug-related. Police said some victims appeared to be targeted, while others were apparently random. (Picture: https://tmsnrt.rs/3cKaBP0)
Police are expected to provide an update by 12:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. GMT). Police said the suspect was last seen riding a black Nissan (OTC ? Rogue and was found Sunday in Regina, a city south of the attack in James Smith’s Kerry Country (NYSE ? and Weldon Village) about 320 kilometers (200 miles)).
In an update Monday morning, police said the suspects are still at large and urged residents to call authorities if they have any information to help locate the two men.
Doreen Lees, 89, said she and her daughter were sitting on the porch of Weldon on Sunday morning when a black SUV drove by, an unusual sight in the small village.
Shortly after, a man approached them and said he was injured, Lees said, adding that he was standing about 10 feet away with his face covered. Her daughter ran in and called the police. But then the man took off, she said.
“At the time, this guy didn’t make us nervous. We just thought he was injured and needed help,” Liss said. “But he didn’t stop and wait for help, so we were like ‘what’s going on here?’ »
Aboriginal people, who make up less than 5 per cent of Canada’s roughly 38 million people, suffer from higher levels of poverty and unemployment and have lower life expectancy than other Canadians.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government had been in direct communication with James Smith’s Cree leaders, adding that “we stand ready to help in any way.”
The James Smith Cree Nation is an Aboriginal community of approximately 3,400 people engaged in farming, hunting and fishing. Weldon is a village of about 200 people.
Weldon residents have identified 77-year-old widower Wes Petterson as one of the stabbed victims. Mother-of-two Lana Head was also killed, her ex-partner said.
City Police Chief Evan Bray said in a video on Twitter (NYSE: ) on Sunday that the suspect was likely in Regina. But authorities cautioned that it was unclear where they might be going or if they had changed vehicles.
The two share the same last name, but it is unclear if they are related or from the same community.
The police bulletin urged people to take precautions, including sheltering in place, while warning against hitching a ride or approaching suspicious individuals.
“Do not leave a safe place. Be careful to allow others into your residence,” a notice said.