A manhunt is underway for one of two brothers implicated in a mass stabbing that killed ten people and injured 18 more in Saskatchewan, Canada.
According to investigators, the Sunday attacks, which shook the Canadian country and set Saskatchewan on edge, encompassed 13 crime scenes.
Authorities identified the perpetrators as brothers Damien and Myles Sanderson less than three hours after the initial incident was reported.
Damien Sanderson, 31, was discovered dead on the James Smith Cree Nation on Monday morning in a “heavily grassed area” near a residence, according to authorities.
His injuries were not self-inflicted, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, who added that the Saskatchewan coroner’s office would determine the exact cause of death.
His 30-year-old sibling remains at large and is regarded “armed and dangerous,” according to Blackmore. She added the suspect has a “lengthy criminal past” and had warrants out for his arrest prior to the stabbings.
Sanderson may also be harmed and may seek medical assistance, according to police, who did not elaborate on why they suspect he is injured.
“We have strong cause to believe that he has been injured. We don’t know what those injuries are “explained, Blackmore.
Myles Sanderson, who is still at large, has been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, and breaking and entering into a dwelling.
Police Believe Suspect is in the City of Regina
According to police, the suspects were believed to be travelling in a black Nissan Rogue with a Saskatchewan licence plate that was observed by a witness on Sunday in Regina, a city more than 300 kilometres (186 miles) south of the James Smith Cree Nation.
This undated handout image of Myles Sanderson was released on Monday.
While the lead on the car was “stale,” Regina Police Chief Evan Bray stated that it was the most recent reliable information police had and that “we are still operating under the belief that Myles is in the city of Regina.”
The automobile has yet to be recovered, and Bray stated that it is unknown who else was in the car if it was not Damien.
“Is it conceivable that they have left this community? It’s plausible, but we don’t have any information to substantiate or disprove it “Bray stated.
According to Blackmore, authorities have not determined a motive for the attacks, and no information on the sort of weapon used has been released. “It takes a lot of resources to process 13 crime sites,” she explained.
“Right now, there’s a lot of worry in our province, in our towns, and around the country,” Bray said. “So we need to start the healing process, and that won’t happen until we make this arrest.”
The stabbings were described as “horrific and sad” by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“I am shocked and devastated by today’s tragic attacks in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan, which killed ten people and injured many more,” Trudeau said in a statement.
During a press conference Monday, Regina Police Chief Evan Bray, left, talks while Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore looks on.
There has been little information revealed about the brothers.
Myles Sanderson, who is still at large, stands around 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 240 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.
According to investigators, it is unclear whether he was involved in the death of Damien Sanderson.
“We are following up on an investigative avenue,” Blackmore added.
How the attacks unfolded
On Monday, investigators were attempting to piece together the sequence of the strikes. According to Blackmore, the stabbings did not necessarily occur in the sequence in which the calls were received, and it is unknown whether the brothers are accused of carrying out the attacks at the same time.
The initial stabbing was reported on the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time, and many additional reports reporting stabbings in different areas came in minutes later, police said.
According to its website, the James Smith Cree Nation has a population of over 3,400 individuals, with approximately 1,800 members living on the reserve.
Authorities reported victims in numerous areas, including one in the village of Weldon, around 9:45 a.m., adding that some victims may have been assaulted at random.
In total, 28 individuals were injured, with 10 of them dying.
Some victims were flown to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon by helicopter, while others were transported to local hospitals by ground ambulances. According to police, there could be more injured people who went to various hospitals.
According to Blackmore, the victims included men and women of all ages, some of whom were evidently targeted while others were attacked at random.
Police have not revealed any information about the victims’ ailments or identities, but the youngest was in their early twenties.
Authorities identified the suspects as the Sanderson brothers and informed the public that they were driving the black Nissan Rogue SUV three hours after the initial stabbing was reported.
A warning was issued about midday, reporting that the suspect car had been observed by a driver on Arcola Avenue in Regina, and advising the public to shelter in place.
Damien Sanderson was discovered deceased the following morning.