Police in Canada have brought charges against a 17-year-old boy who went on a shooting spree on January 22, killing four people and injuring seven others.
Local media quoted police source as saying that the suspect cannot be named under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act.
The incident happened in a school located in the remote Dene aboriginal community of La Loche in Saskatchewan Province, western Canada. La Loche is said to be a community of less than 3,000 inhabitants. The community is said to be a compassion one, with residents knowing each other, and helping each other in difficult situations.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supt. Grant St. Germaine, nine people were shot in the school, including a female teacher’s aide who died at the scene, and a male teacher who later died in hospital.
But before attacking the school, the suspect had already shot two brothers, 17-year-old Dayne Fountaine and 13-year-old Dayde at home. The two brothers died instant.
Police said they received an emergency call from the school around lunch time. Another Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Brenda Butterworth-Carr told reporters that when officers arrived at the school, they saw that the front door had been shot open. They entered the school, spotted the suspect and gave him a hot chase before arresting him.
Officer Butterworth-Carr confirmed that the suspect has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, and seven counts of attempted murder. He is due to appear in court next week. The seven wounded people are also being treated in hospital.
Police investigators also said they are yet to know the motive behind the shooting, declining to say what type of gun was used in the attack.
The female teacher’s aide was identified by her boyfriend as 23-year-old Marie Janvier. Her boyfriend, Deegan Park said he would have given up the rest of his life just to spend another year with her.
“I grew up not a good guy, but she turned me right. She was that much of a great person to turn me right from all the wrongdoings I used to do. … She was a fantastic person. I loved her, I really did”, Park reportedly told the Associated Press.
The second victim in the school was also identified as Adam Wood. His family in Ontario issued a statement, describing him as an adventurer with a passion for life who made people laugh until their stomachs hurt.
“Adam had just begun his teaching career in La Loche last September and was enjoying his time. He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously”, his family said in the statement.
Supt St. Germaine also added that the incident has devastated the community, and that violence is gradually on the rise in the Saskatchewan area.
He was quoted as saying “This is a significant event for Canada. It’s a huge impact on the community of La Loche. It’s a part of changing times. We are seeing more violence.”
Meanwhile, residents have visited the school to light candles and placed flowers in the memory of those who died.
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