Canada was the worst hit on Friday by shooting at a school in over 26 years when a young man opened fire at a high school in the center of the country, killing four people and wounded.
“This is the worst nightmare of every parent,” responded the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from Davos (Switzerland) where he participates in World Economic Forum.
It was about 13 pm in the village of La Loche, in northern Saskatchewan, when gunshots rang out in high school of the Native American community. “A man discharged his weapon” at the establishment, confirmed the police.
Several witnesses said they saw a “boy”, attending or who attended this school, opened fire inside this establishment, armed with a rifle.
“I ran away from school. There was a lot of screaming, there were six or seven shots before I came out, “said the CBC a grader, Noel Desjarlais.
Located in the Boreal forest, 800 km north of the provincial capital Regina, this village is particularly isolated and the authorities had to deliver police reinforcements and dispatch a medical helicopter.
Nearly five hours after the start of the shooting, Canadian Prime Minister had reported five dead and two seriously injured, before this balance is lowered by the federal police.
“With a tragedy like this, there is much information that quickly exchanged and so initially we had confirmed that there were five dead, but we are talking now only four deaths,” said in press conference the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP federal police) in Saskatchewan, Maureen Levy.
The authorities now evoke “a number” of casualties. The age and identity of the victims have not been specified by the RCMP have arrested stressed “a man” and seized his weapon.
Besides the school, the federal police said that a residence located near the school was also the subject of their investigation, without elaborating.
“Many people are in shock, that’s something you do not usually see on television,” said the newspaper StarPhoenix, Teddy Clark, local Indian chief.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and their friends,” responded on his Facebook account Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall.
Former mayor of La Loche, Georgina Jolibois, MP for the area, said she was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting, “which concerns me personally, since my family members attend the school.”
The 3000 inhabitants of La Loche are mostly Chipewyan aboriginal people who live in the Arctic edge.
“We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy,” said Perry Bellegarde, chief of the Assembly of First Nations in Canada.
Unlike the US, the shootings are rare in Canada where regulations on firearms port is stricter than south of the border.
Not since over a quarter of a century to find such a high balance in a shooting at a school. On December 6, 1989, a young man of 25 had opened fire at the Polytechnic School of Montreal, killing 14 people, including ten young students before committing suicide.
Justin Trudeau said that with drama, “there will be reflections to be done in the weeks and months to come” on weapons.
This, as much as the previous government, conservative, had removed and destroyed the register of rifles and shotguns. Canadians hold so now anonymously such weapons appear to have been used in the shooting of La Loche.