5 dead, 2 critically injured in northern Saskatchewan school shooting

Five people are dead and two in critical condition after a school shooting in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche.

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One person has been arrested, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed from an emergency press conference in Davos, Switzerland.

“We all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and the province of Saskatchewan on this terrible and tragic day,” Trudeau said.

It’s unclear whether staff members or students were amongst the victims. The RCMP has not released any details.

The incident happened at Dene High School in La Loche, a remote town of approximately 3,000 people. It’s located about 600 kilometres north of Saskatoon.

A nearby elementary school was put under lockdown as a precaution, RCMP said.

Trudeau said he received regular updates from law enforcement officials and expressed gratitude to first responders.

“Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” Trudeau said.

“When I spoke with community leaders they obviously expressed that the community is reeling and all of us across this country’s hearts are going out to the family and to the whole community.”

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall posted a statement on Facebook about “horrific events.”

Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with all...

Posted by Brad Wall on Friday, January 22, 2016

The community’s NDP MP and former mayor, Georgina Jolibois, said she was “shaken up” by the incident. She said her own family members were inside the school during the shooting.

The region’s MLA described the school as a “beacon of opportunity and hope” for the area.

“I know from working with them that the school and the staff and the kids were just fantastic. This is just devastating,” Buckley Belanger, MLA for Athabasca, told CTV News Channel.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair expressed condolences for those “affected by the shooting.”

My thoughts are with those affected by the shooting at La Loche Community School and @GeorginaNDP whose family members are at the school.

— Tom Mulcair (@ThomasMulcair) January 22, 2016

With files from CTV Saskatoon and the Canadian Press



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