Teen Charged In Canada School Mass Shooting; Two Dead, Seven Wounded


Canadian police on Saturday charged a 17-year-old boy with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in a remote aboriginal community in western Canada, the Associated Press reports. Police said the male suspect can't be named under Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act. Royal Canadian Mounted Police Supt. Grant St. Germaine said nine people were shot in the school, including a female teacher's aide who died there and a male teacher who died in a hospital. He said seven people wounded in Friday's shooting at the school are hospitalized. Police said two brothers were shot dead in a home before the gunman headed to the grade 7-12 La Loche Community School.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer Brenda Butterworth-Carr said when officers arrived at the school they saw the front door had been shot open. They entered the school, spotted the suspect and gave chase before apprehending him. Police said they were not aware of a motive and declined to say what type of gun was used. The school is in the remote Dene aboriginal community of La Loche in Saskatchewan Province. La Loche is a community of less than 3,000 where just about everybody knows everybody else. “This is a significant event for Canada,” St. Germaine said. “It's a huge impact on the community of La Loche. It's a part of changing times. We are seeing more violence.”

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