Teenage suspect in custody after Canada’s worst shooting in years

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The Dene high school campus of the La Loche Community School is seen in an undated photo. Four people were killed and two critically injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Jan. 22, 2016 and a suspect is in custody.  Photo By Raymond Dauvin/Reuters

The Dene high school campus of the La Loche Community School is seen in an undated photo. Four people were killed and two critically injured in a school shooting in a remote part of Saskatchewan on Jan. 22, 2016 and a suspect is in custody.
Photo By Raymond Dauvin/Reuters

At least four people died and two people were injured Friday during Canada’s worst school shooting in more than a decade.

The suspected teenage gunman, whose name was not released, killed two family members before turning his attention to a local high school in the remote town of La Loche, Saskatchewan.

Joe Lemaigre, a friend of the gunman’s family, told the Associated Press the teenager first shot his brothers, before heading to the La Loche Community School where he killed a teacher and an assistant during the rampage. He was taken into custody outside the school, a police official said.

“After he shot his two brothers, he walked back to school and he shot a teacher and a girl,” Lemaigre said. “They’re both dead. Four of them died. I know the family. Their mother worked in Fort McMurray and his grandfather went to Meadow Lake to do some shopping. That’s when he shot them.”

La Loche’s acting mayor, Kevin Janvier, said his 23-year-old daughter, a teacher at the school, was among those killed.

“He shot two of his brothers at his home and made his way to the school,” he said. “I’m just so sad.”

Janvier told CTV News that the  shooter was a student at the school. Witnesses at the school described screaming and at least six gunshots.

The small town has a population of 3,000 people and is located 375 miles north of Saskatoon in a community mostly comprised Dene aboriginals, the Associated Press reported. The La Roche school has about 900 students between seventh and 12th grade.

Hundreds attended at vigil Friday night outside the school.

“Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “The community is reeling and all of us across this country, [our] hearts are going out to the families and to the whole community.”

In 1989, 14 college student were killed in Montreal at the École Polytechnique. Four students were also killed in 1992 shooting at the Concordia University in Montreal, the AP said.

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