- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 23, 2016

Four people have been killed in a school shooting in a small town in northern Saskatchewan, Canadian authorities said. 

Officers went to the La Loche Community School Friday afternoon, arrested a suspect and seized his weapon. Police are also investigating a shooting at a residence in the town of about 2,600, said Muareen Levy, chief superintendent of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, CNN reported.

Two of the victims are believed to be relatives of the suspect, whose identity has not been revealed. The community’s fire chief said a boy with a gun was taken in to custody, The Canadian Press reported.

A third victim is believed to be a teacher, 23-year-old Marie Janvier. 

Janvier’s family said they were in shock over her death. 

“Her smile will light up the room on the darkest day,” said Sandie Janvier in a Facebook message, calling her the “sweetest caring person … We lost a loving sister today.”

“The country’s heart is breaking,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said after the shooting. 

The school teaches prekindergaten to 12th grade and houses about 900 students in two buildings, its Facebook page says. 

“Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche,” Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said, CNN reported.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community.”

 

 


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