Saskatchewan community in shock after 4 killed in mass shooting

Residents of La Loche, Sask., are in shock after four people were killed in a mass shooting on Friday afternoon.

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Police say four victims are dead after a shooter went on a rampage through a local high school and another nearby location at about 1 p.m. on Friday. A male suspect is now in custody, police said.

Other victims sustained injuries and had to be airlifted to hospital in Saskatoon, which is about 600 kilometres south of La Loche.

According to the town's acting mayor, Kevin Janvier, both students and school staff members are among the victims.

Janvier also said the suspect is younger than 21 and a former student at Dene High School.

Police have not identified the suspect or a possible motive, but say he was arrested on Friday outside of the school.

On Friday, Saskatchewan RCMP Chief Supt. Maureen Levy said officers have also recovered a firearm, and that the public is no longer in danger.

But security and tensions remained high on Saturday, as community members began piecing together the tragic events.

In the town of fewer than 3,000 people, many told CTV Saskatoon that they knew the victims or suspect personally.

And many said they are shocked that such an event could occur in their hometown.

Mourners gathered at the Dene High School on Friday to pay their respects to the victims with a candlelit vigil.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his condolences on Friday, calling the shooting "a parent's worst nightmare."

"We all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and the province of Saskatchewan on this terrible and tragic day," he said from Davos, Switzerland.

RCMP are currently investigating two scenes in connection with the case.

They are also questioning the suspect at this time.

With files from CTV's Sarah Plowman


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