So sad! Yet another tragic school shooting has occurred, this time in Canada’s Saskatchewan province. It left five people dead and two others in critical condition, but the shooter is in police custody.
How terrible! The horrific incidents of school shootings is continuing on in 2016, with the Jan. 22 deadly shooting at La Loche Community School in northern Saskatchewan, where five have perished and two others are hospitalized with gunshot wounds. It’s unclear at this time if students or teachers are among the dead, but the person who carried out this terrible event is in custody. The local fire chief has only confirmed that it was a boy with a gun who did the shooting.
La Loche is a small community of about 3,000 people. The school is for grades seven to 12 and it’s unclear at this time what the ages of the victims are. “Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a brief statement from Davos, Switzerland. He went on to thank first responders to the scene who reacted “quickly and bravely” in what he said was “tragic and terrible day.”
“I ran outside the school,” Noel Desjarlais, a 10th grade student at the school told the CBC News. “There was lots of screaming. There was about six, seven shots before I got outside. I believe there was more shots by the time I did get out. Myself I’m fine,” he said. “I ended up running and telling people get out the doors.”
The chief of a native Saskatchewan community told the Saskatoon Phoenix that the town – located six hours north of the province’s capital of Saskatoon – was in total shock 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 said, adding, “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.”
Our thoughts go out to the the victims’ families and the community of La Loche.