Police received the first report of a stabbing at the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. local time (6:30 a.m. ET) on Sunday morning, and within minutes multiple reports of other stabbings came in across the community, police said.
Within hours, the situation developed into a massive stabbing with at least 25 victims, 10 of whom died, police said.
Three STARS Air Ambulance helicopters were sent to James Smith Cree Nation during the attack, company spokesman Mark Oddan told DailyExpertNews. The first crew to arrive jumped in to triage the victims, and the second plane brought a doctor to help with triage and lead emergency response, he said.
The helicopter crews took some of the victims to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and several other patients were taken to local hospitals by ground ambulances, Oddan said. He could not provide details about the patients or their condition.
Police issued multiple warnings of dangerous individuals over the course of the morning, spreading across the province of Saskatchewan and neighboring Manitoba and Alberta.
Canadian Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino early residents to hide.
“To everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those near the James Smith Cree First Nation area, please take shelter and stay safe,” he tweeted.
Authorities have identified 13 separate scenes where the attacks took place.
There may be more victims who were injured and taken to hospital themselves, police said, urging potential victims to contact police.
“Our thoughts are with the many victims and injured, their families, friends and community. It is appalling what has happened in our province today,” said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore.
Here’s where the attack took place in Saskatchewan: