RCMP have revised the number of people killed in a northern Saskatchewan shooting to four from five.
No information about the victims or even the number of people injured is available, but there is an unconfirmed report one of the dead is a 23 year old teacher who was the daughter of the community’s mayor
Chief Supt. Maureen Levy says she can’t release details about the shootings in La Loche because that could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.
Levy says one male is in custody and police have confiscated a firearm.
She says lockdowns at two schools have been lifted and students have been moved to a safe location.
Levy says specialized police personnel are on site at the La Loche high school and at another location in the community.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said from Davos, Switzerland, that he had been informed that five people were killed and two critically injured in the remote Dene community.
RCMP did not offer an explanation for the discrepancy.
Earlier in the day, the chief of the Clearwater Dene First Nation said the community was “devastated” over what had happened.
Teddy Clark told the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix ““Both Clearwater and La Loche, a lot of people are in shock. This is something that you only see on TV most of the time.”
La Loche is approximately six hours north of Saskatoon and is home to 3,000 people.
(The Canadian Press)