TORONTO - At least two people were killed in a shooting at a school in remote La Loche, Saskatchewan, on Friday and a suspect is in custody, the Star Phoenix newspaper reported, citing a local aboriginal chief.
Canadian police declined to confirm to Reuters that there was a shooting, but said they were on scene for a serious incident.
A hospital nurse said a number of people were being treated for gunshot wounds, CBC News reported. The La Loche Health Centre and Hospital declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.
Clearwater River Dene Nation Chief Teddy Clark told the Star Phoenix newspaper that the community is "devastated."
La Loche Community School is a pre-kindergarten to Grade 12 school, which houses about 900 students in two buildings.
There was an emergency at the building that houses grades 7 to 12, the school district's Facebook page said. Both that building and the elementary school were put on lockdown.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall issued a statement on the shooting but it did not contain details.
"Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community," the statement said.