Four killed in shootings in western Canada

Jan 23, 2016, 1:51 PM EST

Four people have been killed and several injured in shootings in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, police say.

The BBC writes:

They say a male suspect is now in custody and children have been moved to safety after the shootings at La Loche Community School and another location. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said earlier that five people had been killed, but this was later corrected. The school shooting was "every parent's worst nightmare", Mr Trudeau said. "The community is reeling." Mr Trudeau, who was speaking in Davos, Switzerland, also praised "the first responders who acted quickly and bravely".

Reuters reports:

The town's acting mayor, Kevin Janvier, told the Associated Press that his 23-year-old daughter Marie, a teacher, was shot to death. He also said police told him that the gunman first shot two of his siblings at home and then made his way to the school. Officials have not given a motivation for the shooting or named the suspect or victims. Mass shootings are rare in Canada, which has stricter gun laws than the United States. In the country's worst school shooting, 14 college students were killed at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique in 1989. A shooting in 1992 at Concordia University in Montreal killed four. A family friend said the teenaged suspect shot his two younger brothers before going to the school and shooting a teacher and an assistant. “After he shot his two brothers, he walked back to school and he shot ... a teacher and a girl. They’re both dead. Four of them died,” said Joe Lemaigre, a family friend who lives on the outskirts of La Loche. “I know the family. Their mother worked in Fort McMurray and his grandfather went to Meadow Lake to do some shopping. That's when he shot them."

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