A man in Edmonton, Canada has killed eight people and himself in what police are calling a “senseless mass murder”, linked to “extreme domestic violence”.
Seven adults and two children, including the attacker, have been found in three different locations in Edmonton, Canada after a a man committed a mass murder and suicide. Police have described the act as a “senseless mass murder”.
A full investigation is underway and police are not looking for any suspects, as one of the victims appeared to have committed suicide. The perpetrator’s motives are currently unclear but the attack is being linked to “extreme domestic violence”.
Seven bodies were found in the same house, with two “very young” children are among the dead, police chief Rod Knecht said.
“It appears to be an extreme case of domestic violence gone awry,” he told a press conference, describing the killings as “planned and deliberate”.
“This series of events are not believed to be random acts, and there is no risk to the broader public. These events do not appear to be gang-related, but rather tragic incidents of domestic violence.”
Police say that the gunman used a stolen 9mm handgun and later killed himself at a restaurant north of Edmonton. They have only released the names of one of the victims and have not detailed the relationship between the shooter and his victims.
Knecht told press that the man believed to have carried out the killings had a criminal record going back to 1987.
It was the worst mass killing in Edmonton, Alberta since six people were killed in 1956.