Four dead – including teacher – in Canadian school shooting

The Independent along with the rest of the media is reporting that four people (initially reported as five) have been killed in a shooting incident at a school in a remote community in the north of the country.

The school in La Loche in northern Saskatchewan had said it was under lockdown and dealing an emergency situation amid reports of an “active shooter”. The alleged perpetrator was in custody, Mr Trudeau said, adding that this was “every parent’s worst nightmare”.

The chief of a native Saskatchewan community told the Saskatoon Phoenix newspaper that the town – located six hours north of Saskatoon – was reeling from the event.

“The community usually pulls together really strong in times like this. Right now, La Loche is devastated,” said Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark on Friday.

“Both Clearwater and La Loche, a lot of people are in shock. This is something that you only see on TV most of the time.”

Acting Mayor Kevin Janvier said that Royal Canadian Mounted Police had confirmed to him that one person was in custody but that he did not know anything about the suspect. According to The Canadian Press, the community’s fire chief said a boy with a gun was in custody.

“It’s just tragic and everybody’s running around,” said Mr Janvier. “I’m not 100 per cent sure about what’s actually happened but it started at home and ended at the school…”

More at: Five dead in Saskatchewan school shooting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says

 

At least one of the victims appears to have been a staff member:

 

The latest reports also suggest more killings at the home of the shooter: Gunman shoots two younger brothers before high school shooting

 

It feels like a horrible case of here we go again with school shootings in North America, but these kinds of incidents are generally far, far less common in Canada than they are in the United States.

Awful news.

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