Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has arrived in the community of La Loche – where a shooting involving a school claimed four lives – after his visit was initially delayed due to poor weather.
Premier Wall, Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde landed in La Loche on Sunday afternoon, after their flight was initially diverted to Fort McMurray, Alberta, due to fog.
The group immediately headed to a meeting of community leaders, a government of Saskatchewan spokesperson said.
The shooting occurred Friday. A 17-year-old who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder. He has also been charged with seven counts of attempted murder.
The shooting claimed the lives of two youths and two adults. Two brothers, aged 13 and 17, were found dead at a home a short distance from La Loche Community School. The two adults were shot at the school and have been identified as Marie Janvier, a teacher's aide in her early twenties, and Adam Wood, a 35-year-old teacher.
Several teachers and students called La Loche RCMP around 1:00 p.m. local time Friday, reporting a shooter, police have said. Police estimate the alleged killer ran through the school, shooting, for approximately eight or nine minutes.
The RCMP detachment is a few blocks from the school. Once officers arrived, they located the suspect inside and police say he surrendered.
About 150 students and teachers were inside the school at the time of the shooting. Of the seven people who were injured, four were transported by air ambulance to Saskatoon on Friday.
Around 1:15 p.m. Friday, the RCMP received further information, leading them to the residence where the brothers were found deceased.
Police have said they have not established a motive and do not know if any of the victims were targeted.