Canadian police with firearms surrounded a home on an Indigenous reservation on Tuesday that was the site of a stabbing massacre on Sunday morning, while authorities sent out an emergency alert warning the remaining suspect may be in the region.
It is not known whether Myles Sanderson – one of two brothers who allegedly killed 10 people and injured 18 in a series of stabbings – is inside the residence. Police had said he was likely in another part of Saskatchewan.
An Associated Press reporter heard people screaming and running Tuesday afternoon and saw police surround a James Smith Cree First Nation home. The emergency alert told beneficiaries to shelter in place.
Sanderson’s older brother, Damien Sanderson, 31, was found dead Monday in a grassy area near one of at least 13 locations where the stabbings took place in Saskatchewan.
Authorities have warned that the suspect who remains at large could be injured but should be considered dangerous.
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 his 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 Sanderson 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, assault on a police officer and robbery. He has been wanted since May, when he skipped a parole meeting and Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers listed him as “illegally at large”.
Sanderson faces three counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder and related offences. Further charges are expected to be filed, authorities said.
Blackmore said the public should know that Sanderson might seek medical attention and be wary of him.
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 illicit 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 brothers’ manhunt began, the body of 31-year-old Damien Sanderson was found on the outskirts of the attack sites on Sunday. Blackmore said the circumstances leading to Sanderson’s death were unclear, but he had “visible injuries” that “would not be self-inflicted”.
Blackmore said police are investigating whether Myles Sanderson was involved in his brother’s death, but “we can’t say definitively.”
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.
Bray says he thinks Sanderson may be hiding in Regina and urged anyone in the community who may know his whereabouts to contact authorities.
Contribute: The Associated Press