4 Reported Dead in Canada School Shooting

The suspect is in custody
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2016 6:05 PM CST
5 Reported Dead in Canada School Shooting
The outside of La Loche Community School is shown on Friday following a deadly shooting.   (Joshua Mercredi/The Canadian Press via AP)

Four people are dead and others critically injured following a school shooting Friday in Saskatchewan, Canada, NBC News reports. (The initial death has been reduced from five.) Word on the victims comes from Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who called the situation "every parent's worst nightmare." According to the AP, the shooting took place at Loche Community School in La Loche, an aboriginal community, and a second location, which was not identified. The school contains students ranging from seventh grade to 12th grade. "I ran outside the school," tenth-grader Noel Desjarlais tells CBC News. "There was lots of screaming. There was about six, seven shots before I got outside. I believe there was more shots by the time I did get out."

The suspect in the shooting has been arrested, NBC reports. And Trudeau commended first responders for acting "quickly and bravely," according to CBC. "Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche," NBC quotes a statement from Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall. "My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends, and all the people of the community." Loche is home to about 3,000 people. (More school shooting stories.)

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