A gang in central Canada was on edge on Tuesday as the manhunt intensified for one of two brothers suspected in the stabbing rampage which killed at least 10 people and injured at least 18 others.
Authorities have warned that the suspect still at large, Myles Sanderson, could be injured but should be considered dangerous. The body of his brother, Damien Sanderson, was found Monday in a grassy area near one of at least 13 locations where the stabbings took place on Sunday morning.
The attacks took place about 200 miles north of the provincial capital of Regina in the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby small town of Weldon. Authorities say Myles Sanderson was last seen in Regina, about 100 miles north of the Montana border.
James Smith Cree Nation resident Darryl Burns said their sister, Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, was a first responder killed while responding to a call.
“She phoned a house and she got caught up in the violence,” he said. “She was there to help. She was a heroine. »
Is the community safe?
Police Chief Evan Bray said authorities have no information that Myles Sandderson has left the area. Schools have reopened for the new school year in Regina, but Bray said he believes children are safe.
“There were some very violent incidents that happened,” Bray said. “However, since then, no violence has taken place. And no young people or children have been targeted in these violent attacks.”
Still, he warned that Sanderson should be considered armed and dangerous, urging locals to come forward with “that little bit of information that you know. (It) might be more important than you think.”
Who is Myles Sanderson?
Rhonda Blackmore, assistant commissioner in charge of the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said Myles Sanderson, 30, has a history of violent crimes, including dozens of convictions for assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, assaulting a police officer and theft. . He has been wanted since May, when he skipped a parole meeting and Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers listed him as “illegally at large”.
Myles Sanderson could be injured but remains dangerous, Blackmore said.
“We want the public to know because he may see a doctor,” Blackmore said.
He faces three counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder and related offences. Further charges are expected to be filed, authorities said.
SUSPECT FOUND DEAD:Brother still on the run
What was the motive for the killings?
Blackmore said police are still determining the motive, but the head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said the stabbings could be drug-related.
“This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we call on all authorities to follow the instructions of Chiefs and Councils and their members to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” Chief Bobby Cameron said.
Damien Sanderson, suspected of having stabbed, was found dead in a grassy area
More than 24 hours after the manhunt for the brothers began, the body of Damien Sanderson, 31, was found in a grassy area not far from one of the attack sites on Sunday. Blackmore said the circumstances leading to Sanderson’s death were unclear, but he had “visible injuries that were not believed to be self-inflicted”.
The manhunt covers three massive provinces
A search was underway across Saskatchewan, Manitoba to the east and Alberta to the west. Each province is almost the size of Texas. At least one of the suspects was seen Sunday in Regina driving a black Nissan Rogue. The police say they do not know if this car was abandoned in favor of another.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said he believes Miles Sanderson may be hiding in Regina and urged anyone in the community who may know his whereabouts to contact authorities.
Contribute: The Associated Press