Developing Story from Canada First Nation
Published January 22, 2016
CLEARWATER RIVER DENE NATION – Tragedy severely hit the Clearwater River Dene First Nation on Friday afternoon. Police officials have confirmed four people were killed and another two injured at the school and a private residence in the community of La Loche on the Clearwater River Dene Nation on Friday, January 22, 2016. A suspect, reportedly a boy, has been taken into custody.
“Right now, La Loche is devastated,” said Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. “The community pulls together really strong in times like this,” Chief Clark continued.
Approximately 1 p.m. local time, La Loche RCMP were notified about an active shooter in the community. He was apprehended about 50 minutes later and taken into custody.
The La Loche community has a population of about 3,000 people, in a remote area of Saskatchewan, some six hours north of Saskatoon.
UPDATED: This article was updated to list the number of those killed to be four. Earlier reports from scene had listed the number as four.