The death toll following an earlier school shooting in northern Saskatchewan has now been revised to four, and not five as previously reported.
The RCMP provided update on the situation in the town of La Loche on Friday night, also saying that ”several” people were injured in the attack at La Loche Community school, however they would not specify how many, nor would they confirm the age or gender of the victims.
It’s also not known if the deceased were students or staff members at the school, with Chief Supt. Maureen Levy telling reporters that she could not release specific details at this time because that could jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.
It was, however, confirmed that a male suspect is in custody and that a firearm has been recovered, while the lockdowns at the community school and a nearby elementary school have now been lifted and all students removed to a safe location.
The RCMP stressed during the press conference that there is no further threat to public safety.
Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had said that he had been informed that five people were killed and two critically injured in the attack.
In issuing the revision, the RCMP did not offer an explanation for the discrepancy.
Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday evening, Trudeau described the tragic events which unfolded this afternoon in the remote town of La Loche as ”every parents worst nightmare,” adding that “we all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and all of Saskatchewan on this terrible, tragic day.”
The La Loche Community School was placed in lockdown shortly after 1.p.m local time, with people asked people to stay away, as the RCMP investigated an emergency occurring at the Dene Building, which houses students from Grades 7 to 12.
Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has issued a statement on his Facebook page saying ”words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community.”
He also extended his thanks to the RCMP and emergency personnel who responded quickly to the situation.
La Loche is a remote Dene community of about 3,000 people on the eastern shore of Lac La Loche in the northern boreal forest.