Melfort RCMP have issued a province-wide dangerous person alert after multiple people were stabbed in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Saskatchewan.
The RCMP said they would hold a press conference to discuss the alert at 3:40 a.m. CT.
RCMP said they received a report that the two suspects, identified as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, may have been traveling in the Arcola Avenue area of Regina. Regina police said the suspects were seen around 11:20 a.m.
“As the suspects are at large, we have also requested that the alert be extended to Manitoba and Alberta,” the RCMP said in a news release Sunday afternoon.
They released this information just after noon CT on Sunday.
In the alert Issued 8:20 a.m. CT Sunday, they said two male suspects would be in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI. Since suspects may have access to a vehicle, the RCMP has extended the alert province-wide.
Police are asking residents of Regina to take precautions and consider sheltering in place. RCMP said residents should be careful not to let other people into their homes and not to leave a safe area.
A 10 a.m. CT update from Saskatchewan RCMP indicated that there were multiple victims in multiple locations and it appears the victims were attacked at random.
Weldon is located approximately 50 kilometers southeast of Prince Albert and approximately 25 kilometers southwest of James Smith Cree Nation.
In response to James Smith’s “massive loss” to the Cree Nation, the community, along with the Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation and the Peter Chapman Band, declared a state of emergency Sunday noon.
It is expected to remain in place until 5 p.m. on September 30.
Damien Sanderson is described as being five-foot-seven and weighing 155 pounds. with black hair and brown eyes.
Myles Sanderson is listed as six foot one inch tall and weighing 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
The alert was first issued at 7:12 a.m. CT Sunday and has since been subject to several updates.
Regina-area residents are also advised not to approach suspicious people or pick up hitchhikers.
Instead, the RCMP said they should report suspicious people, emergencies or information to 911.
They are also asked not to share police locations.
Police checkpoints have been set up across Saskatchewan, at least from Prince Albert to Regina, with officers checking identities.
Three STARS air ambulances were dispatched to James Smith’s Cree Nation, the first at around 6:00 a.m. CT Sunday.
Mark Oddan, a STARS air ambulance spokesman, told CBC News that two of those helicopters were dispatched from Saskatoon and one from Regina.
The first crew from Saskatoon triaged patients at the scene, and the second plane brought a doctor to the scene to direct the response.
With the doctor included, there were 13 crew members in total who attended the scene.
Other ground crews transported patients to hospitals in Prince Albert, Nipawin and Melfort, Oddan said in the email.
The three STARS ambulances each transported a patient to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Two patients were taken to the scene and one was transported from Melfort Hospital where they had arrived by land ambulance.
Hospitals need staff
Anne Lindemann, spokeswoman for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said in an email that the health authority has activated its emergency response process to respond to “the influx of victims,” including calling for additional staff.
The SHA did not say how many people were injured in the stabbings or if any deaths were confirmed, but said several people are being triaged and treated at multiple sites.
“As with any high casualty incident, our emergency preparedness teams are responding to changing needs to ensure patients are triaged and cared for appropriately,” he said.
Prince Albert and Regina police take part in a manhunt
The Prince Albert Police Service and the Regina Police Service are assisting the Saskatchewan RCMP in the search for the two suspects.
In Prince Albert, police said officers were manning checkpoints across the city.
Residents are asked to stay in a safe place and exercise caution before letting anyone into their homes.
Motorists and residents should also expect traffic delays.
In Regina, police are “actively investigating multiple fronts to locate and arrest suspects,” the service said in a statement.
“In addition, RPS deployed additional public safety resources throughout the city, including the football game at Mosaic Stadium.”
The Labor Day Classic CFL football game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is expected to continue as planned with an increased police presence in the area, including at Mosaic Stadium.