An alleged knife attacker responsible for one of Canada’s worst murders may have killed his brother after they went on a rampage together, Canadian police said.
Investigators said they were exploring the theory that Myles Sanderson may have killed his brother Damien, who was found dead last night with injuries that police don’t believe are self-inflicted.
A massive manhunt to find Myles Sanderson remains active after he and his brother are accused of stabbing 11 deaths and 18 injuries in a quiet indigenous town.
Damien Sanderson’s body was found “out in the open in a grassy area near a house that was being examined,” said Rhonda Blackmore, commander of the Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan.
Asked if Myles Sanderson is a suspect in her brother’s death, Ms. Blackmore said, “We haven’t confirmed that. We can’t say one way or another whether Myles was involved in Damien’s death. It’s an investigative route. that we are continuing, but we cannot say definitively at this point. “
The killings in the indigenous community of James Smith Cree Nation and in the city of Weldon in Saskatchewan, a province that borders the United States to the south, are among the deadliest episodes of mass violence to ever hit the nation.
Authorities told local residents to take shelter at home while looking for Myles Sanderson, 30, who was considered armed and dangerous.
“We want the public to know as there is a possibility that they can see a doctor,” Ms. Blackmore said Monday. “It doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous yet.”
Myles, who is also wanted for violating parole in May after serving part of a sentence for assault and robbery, is suspected of killing his brother, he said. He has a total of 59 convictions for assault, assault with a weapon, threat, assault on a police officer and robbery. He has a lifetime gun ban and an order that prohibits drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
Police were investigating 13 crime scenes and said they believed the suspects had targeted some victims while others had been randomly attacked.
An elderly indigenous leader suggested that drugs were somehow involved. “This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities and we call on all authorities to take guidance from leaders and councils and their members to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” he said. Bobby Cameron, head of the Federation of Indigenous Sovereign Nations.
Canada is grappling with violence in indigenous communities, which has received increased attention in recent years.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks”, adding in a statement that Canadians are mourning this “tragic violence”.
Rhonda Blackmore, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said in a press conference on Sunday that authorities believe that “some of the victims were targeted by suspects and others were attacked by chance.”
“Talking about a reason would be extremely difficult right now,” he added.
They believe the men were hiding in the nearby town of Regina.
Police received the first report of the stabbing at 5:40 am local time on Sunday, and several more calls arrived within minutes to report more stabbings in the sparsely populated reserve and in the city.
Among the victims named on Monday was Lana Head, a mother of two who worked as a security guard.
Diane Shier, a resident of Weldon, told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix newspaper that her neighbor, a man who lived with her adult grandson, was killed in the attack. The grandson reportedly hid in the basement and called the police.
“It was about 7:30. My husband was in the garden. He saw police cars and an ambulance drive into town. It’s a small town. It’s terrible, terrible. We still have the doors closed, staying in, not going out. “he told the newspaper.
Ruby Works, a fellow citizen living in the city, said the murders would haunt the city, which has only 2,000 residents.
“No one in this city will ever sleep again. They will be terrified of opening the door,” Ms. Works said.