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Knife stabbing in Canada: A suspect in an attack that killed 10 people is still at large after his brother was found dead

Knife stabbing in Canada: A suspect in an attack that killed 10 people is still at large after his brother was found dead
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Sunday’s attacks, which rocked the Canadian nation and had the province of Saskatchewan on edge, included 13 crime scenes, according to authorities.

Less than three hours after the initial attack was reported, authorities identified the suspects as brothers Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson.

On Monday morning, Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation in a “heavily vegetated area” near a home, police said.

His injuries are not believed to be self-inflicted, said Rhonda Blackmore, Deputy Commissioner for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, adding that the exact cause of death would be determined by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office.

His 30-year-old brother is still at large and is believed to be “armed and dangerous,” Blackmore said. The man had a “long criminal record” and had issued an arrest warrant before the stabbing, she said.

Police warned that Sanderson could also be injured and could try to see a doctor, but gave no further details as to why they think he might be injured.

“We have good reason to believe he has sustained some injuries. We’re not exactly sure what those injuries are,” Blackmore said.

Although still at large, Myles Sanderson has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary and trespassing.

Police believe the suspect is in the city of Regina

The suspects were believed to be traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with a Saskatchewan license plate, which was reportedly seen by a witness with two people inside on Sunday in Regina, a city more than 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of the James Smith Cree Nation, according to policy.

Myles Sanderson is pictured in this undated handout picture released on Monday.

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said that while the car’s trail was already “stale,” the latest reliable police information remained and “we are still operating under the impression that Myles is in the town of Regina.”

The vehicle had still not been found and Bray said it was unknown who else was in the car besides Damien.

  • Timeline of major events

  • Sunday, September 4th

    5:40 a.m Saskatchewan Police received a call reporting a stabbing of the James Smith Cree Nation. More stabbings are reported in various places in the community in the following minutes.

    7:12 a.m Police are issuing a “dangerous person alert,” informing residents of the James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities of the stabbings and asking the public to take shelter.

    7:57 a.m The alert is updated with the suspects’ names, descriptions, and pictures. The suspects are identified as Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson.

    8:20 a.m The dangerous-person alert is being extended across the province of Saskatchewan after investigations confirmed the suspects were traveling in a vehicle.

    9:45 o clock An updated alert indicates there are casualties in multiple locations, including the village of Weldon, and that some victims may have been attacked indiscriminately.

    11:25 a.m Manitoba and Alberta authorities are being asked to extend the warning to those provinces.

    12:07 p.m A warning was sent out to local residents after it was reported that the suspect’s vehicle had been sighted in Regina.

  • Monday, 5.9

    7:36 a.m The Regina Police Chief says the manhunt is ongoing.

    11:30 a.mAuthorities find a deceased man with injuries near a home on the James Smith Cree Nation. The body was later identified as that of Damien Sanderson by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    5:53 p.mRegina Police Chief Evan Bray says they believe Myles Sanderson is still in town.

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Times are local

“Is it possible that you are no longer in this community? It’s possible, but we don’t have any information to refute or prove us,” Bray said.

Blackmore said police have not determined a motive for the attacks and there is still no word on the type of weapon used. “It takes a significant amount of resources to process 13 crime scenes,” she said.

“There is a great deal of concern in our province right now in our communities and across the country,” Bray said. “And so we have to start the healing process and until we can make that arrest, that’s not going to happen.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the stabbings “horrific and heartbreaking”.

“I am shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks today in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, which killed ten and injured many more,” Trudeau said in a statement.

Few details have been released about the brothers.

Myles Sanderson, who remains at large, is about 6ft 1in tall and weighs 240lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

According to the police, it is still unclear whether he was involved in the death of Damien Sanderson.

“It’s an investigative avenue that we’re pursuing, but we can’t say for sure at this point,” Blackmore said.

How the attacks went

Investigators tried Monday to determine the order in which the attacks took place. Blackmore said the stabbings did not necessarily occur in the order in which the calls were received and it is unclear if the brothers are suspected of carrying out the attacks simultaneously.

The first stabbing was reported at 5:40 a.m. local time on the James Smith Cree Nation, and minutes later several more stabbing calls were received at other locations, police said.

The James Smith Cree Nation has a population of around 3,400 people with about 1,800 members residing on the reservation. according to its website.

At 9:45 a.m., authorities were reporting casualties at several locations, including one in the village of Weldon, and that some victims may have been attacked indiscriminately.

A total of 28 people were injured, including 10 who died.

Helicopter crews took some victims to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, while others were taken to local hospitals by ground ambulance. Police said there may be other injured people who have taken themselves to the various hospitals.

The victims included men and women of various ages, Blackmore said, some of whom appeared to have been targeted, while others may have been attacked indiscriminately.

Police have not released information on the condition and identity of the victims, but said the youngest was in his early 20s.

About three hours after the first stabbing was reported, authorities identified the suspects as the Sanderson brothers and told the public they were driving the black Nissan Rogue SUV.

An alert was sent out around noon, reporting that the suspect vehicle was seen by a driver on Arcola Avenue in Regina and telling the Regina public to take shelter at the spot.

Damien Sanderson was found dead the next morning.

CNN’s Amy Simonson and Artemis Moshtaghian contributed to this report.

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