RCMP officials say a 17-year-old has been charged with four counts of first degree murder after a school shooting in nothernwest Saskatchewan.
The boy, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, also faces seven counts of attempted murder.
Emeregency crews were called to a school in La Loche after the lunch hour on Friday for reports of a shooting.
Police say they found nine staff and students had been shot. A teachers aide died at the scene, while a male teacher passed away in hospital.
A 13 and 17-year-old were later found dead at a home in La Loche.
Police arrested the suspect at the school.
He remains in custody.
La Loche School is for pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and houses approximately 900 students in two buildings. The shooting is reported to have occured in the Dene building, which houses students in grades seven to 12.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement after learning of the deadly shootings in La Loche, Saskatchewan:
“I learned with deep sadness and shock today about the shooting at a high school and another location in Saskatchewan that involved multiple deaths and injuries.
“I was immediately in touch with the Minister of Public Safety, the Hon. Ralph Goodale, and the Commissioner of the RCMP, Bob Paulson, and am receiving regular updates on the situation.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer the families and friends of the victims our deepest condolences on this darkest of days. Our hearts and prayers are also with those injured in the attack, that they may have a full and speedy recovery.
“I wish to thank first responders-law enforcement and medical personnel- who managed this very difficult situation with bravery and professionalism.
“On this sad day the whole country grieves with the people of La Loche and of Saskatchewan.”