The body of a suspected stabber believed to be behind a vicious killing spree that killed 10 people has been found in Canada.
Damien Sanderson’s body was discovered late Monday in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, police said.
The hunt continues for Damien’s brother, Myles, who is also suspected of being behind the horrific murders that have rocked Canada.
Damien’s injuries were not self-inflicted, according to police, who said it was possible Damien was attacked by his own brother.
His body was found in a heavily vegetated area near a home on James Smith Cree Nation, near where the ten victims of Sunday’s stabbing were found.
They have warned Myles may have been injured in the attack but should be considered armed and dangerous.
He is believed to be in the city of Regina with another unknown person.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have issued an update to their Dangerous Person Alert for Myles Sanderson, stating that “he may be injured and is seeking medical attention”.
It urged the public to “take reasonable precautions” and not contact Sanderson and report any information to police.
The two brothers went on the run after victims were slashed in both random and targeted attacks at 13 locations in Canada’s Saskatchewan province on Sunday.
At least 18 people were injured and 10 killed in the shocking shooting spree, including mother-of-two Lana Head and 77-year-old granddad Wes Petterson.
Just hours before the stabbings, Lana had posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook, saying she had “so many good memories to cherish.”
The pair are said to have gone door-to-door, armed with knives, in the James Smith Cree Nation, where a state of emergency was declared, and in the village of Weldon.
Their motive remains unclear, but police sources said the attacks could be “drug-related”.
Both were charged Monday with first-degree murder, attempted murder and burglary and trespassing, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
Helicopters and hundreds of police officers were involved in one of the largest manhunts in Canadian history, with the men believed to have escaped in a black Nissan Rogue SUV.
He [Myles Sanderson] get injured and see a doctor
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The shocking killing spree began around 5.40am local time on Sunday – 11.40am in the UK.
Dead and wounded were found in 13 different places.
Police said some of the victims appeared to have been attacked by the suspects – but others were attacked indiscriminately.
Rhonda Blackmore, Deputy Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, could not name a motive for the killers.
But the head of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations issued a statement suggesting the stabbings could be drug-related.
Chief Bobby Cameron said: “This is the destruction we face when harmful illicit drugs enter our communities and we urge all authorities to follow the guidance of the Chiefs and Councils and their members to create safer and healthier communities for to create our people.”
Three medical helicopters were dispatched — two from Saskatoon, the province’s largest city, and one from Regina — to assist with first aid.
Among the ten victims were mother-of-two Lana Head and Wes Petterson, a widower who lived in Weldon with his grandson.
Neighbor Ruby Works said: “He did nothing. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind-hearted man.
“Nobody in this town will ever sleep again. They will be afraid to open their door.”
Another neighbor, Robert Rush, said Mr Petterson’s grandson was in the basement when he stabbed and called the police.
Ms Head’s partner was also reportedly killed in the attack.
“SHOCKED AND AMAZING”
Last May, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers released a wanted list that included Myles Sanderson and wrote that he was unlawfully at large.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks”.
He added: “As Canadians, we mourn with all those affected by this tragic violence and with the people of Saskatchewan. We also wish the injured a full and speedy recovery.
“I thank the first responders for their hard work arresting the suspects, protecting people and treating the injured.
“The Government of Canada is in direct contact with the James Smith Cree Nation community leadership and we stand ready to help in any way we can.
“Those responsible for today’s heinous attacks must be brought to justice in full.”
James Smith Cree Nation is an indigenous community with a population of approximately 3,400 people primarily engaged in agriculture, hunting and fishing. Weldon is a village with about 200 inhabitants.
The attack is one of the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history.
In 2020, a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people.
Last year, a man killed 10 pedestrians in a pickup truck in Toronto.
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