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.

See Full Article

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



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • WhyIDidntReport takes off on Twitter as Trump questions Kavanaugh's accuser

    World News CTV News
    The heated conversation in the United States over the accusations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh, took another dramatic turn as people began opening up about their own incidents of sexual assault online. Source
  • Taiwan police arrest Cody Wilson, gun rights activist wanted in U.S.

    World News CBC News
    Authorities in Taiwan arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3D-printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. over an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward, official media reported. Source
  • NYT says deputy AG proposed secretly taping Trump — Rosenstein calls report 'inaccurate'

    World News CBC News
    Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein denied a New York Times report Friday that he suggested that he secretly record U.S. President Donald Trump last year to expose chaos in the administration and that he floated the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. Source
  • U.S. Deputy Attorney General denies he suggested secretly taping Trump

    World News CTV News
    In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice. Rosenstein is defending the prosecution of foreign agents who may never see the inside of a U.S. Source
  • 'Hot-umn?' Hotter than normal fall on the horizon: Environment Canada

    Canada News CTV News
    It’s the last day of summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean an end to the warm weather. In fact, Environment and Climate Change Canada is predicting a hotter than usual fall. David Philips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada, says their fall outlook shows it is “going to be warmer than normal across the country. Source
  • N.S. to mark little-known connection to David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Legion

    Canada News CTV News
    WINDSOR, N.S. -- Before he became Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion earned 50 cents a day as a soldier and slept on the ground in bell tents in the small town of Windsor, N.S. Source
  • Taiwan police arrest U.S. 3D gun man accused of sex with minor

    World News CTV News
    TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Authorities in Taiwan have arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. for paying an underage girl for sex, official media reported. Source
  • Northlands to improve safety, amend statement of defence that blamed sex assault victim

    Canada News CBC News
    A statement of defence from Northlands that blamed a teen's alleged sexual assault at K-Days on her own "negligence" was released by an insurance company before the organization had reviewed it, Northlands said in a video statement Thursday evening. Source
  • New four-volume atlas highlights Canada’s rich Indigenous heritage

    Canada News CTV News
    Canada’s vibrant Indigenous heritage is highlighted in a new book collection – made in collaboration with communities across the country. Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada is a four-volume set which guides readers through land, languages, people and culture. Source
  • Turkey says it will patrol a former ISIS-held Syrian town with U.S. forces

    World News CTV News
    ISTANBUL -- Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday The announcement came as Turkey's Defence Ministry said in a Friday statement that the borders of Idlib's demilitarized zone were determined in a meeting with their Russian counterparts during a three-day meeting. Source