September 5, 2022 stabbing in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and manhunt

On Sunday, a police forensic team investigates a crime scene in Weldon, Saskatchewan.
On Sunday, a police forensic team investigates a crime scene in Weldon, Saskatchewan. (David Stobbe / Reuters)

Police received the first report of a stabbing at the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 am local time (6:30 am ET) on Sunday morning, and within minutes many more calls came in to report more stabbings across the community, he said. said the police.

Within hours, the situation turned into a mass stabbing with at least 25 victims, 10 of whom died, police said.

Three STARS Air Ambulance helicopters were sent to the James Smith Cree Nation during the attack, company spokesman Mark Oddan told CNN. The first crew to arrive moved on to victim triage and the second plane brought in a doctor to help with triage and lead emergency response, he said.

Helicopter crews took some of the victims to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, and many more patients were taken to local hospitals by ground ambulances, Oddan said. He was unable to provide details on the patients or their condition.

Police issued multiple warnings of dangerous people throughout the morning, expanding into the province of Saskatchewan and neighboring Manitoba and Alberta.

The Canadian Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino asked residents to take refuge.

“Everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those in the vicinity of the James Smith Cree First Nation area, please take shelter and stay safe,” he tweeted.

Authorities have identified 13 separate scenes in which the attacks took place.

There may be other victims who were injured and transported to hospital, police said, urging possible victims to contact law enforcement.

“Our thoughts go out to the many deceased and injured victims, their family, friends and the community. It’s horrifying what happened in our province today, “said Rhonda Blackmore, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Here’s where the attack in Saskatchewan took place: