EDMONTON – Police blamed domestic troubles Tuesday for the deaths of nine people, including two young children, in what the chief called a “senseless mass murder.” “This series of events are not believed to be random acts and there is no risk to the broad public,” Rod Knecht told a news conference. “These events do not appear to be gang-related, but rather tragic incidents of domestic violence.”
The victims included a woman found Monday night by officers who were responding to a weapons complaint at a south Edmonton home. A young girl and boy along with two men and three women were found a few hours later at a split-level house in the city’s northeast, where officers had checked on reports of a “suicidal male” earlier in the evening.
A man matching his description was found dead in a restaurant in the Edmonton bedroom community of Fort Saskatchewan on Tuesday morning, Knecht said. “This morning … RCMP were able to establish that a male was found deceased at the restaurant location from what appeared to be an apparent suicide.”
Edmonton ‘Senseless Mass Murder’: 8 victims, 7 adults, 2 young children killed in Canada
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No names were released, nor did Knecht say how the people were related. But he did say the public was not in any danger and police weren’t looking for other suspects. Knecht said it all started when police responded just before 7 p.m. Monday to a report of a man entering the south-side home, opening fire and fleeing. A middle-aged woman died at the scene. While officers were dealing with that, police were called to a house in a quiet cul de sac in the northeast to check on the well-being of a depressed and possibly suicidal man, Knecht said. “The male was not located and there was no response, and nothing suspicious was noted at the residence.”
But neighbour Moe Assiff said a man and a woman sitting outside the house in a white car seemed very concerned. He said he went up to the car and talked to the man to see if everything was OK. “He looked very shaken up like he had seen a ghost. He paused and he said, ‘No, it’s personal,'” said Assiff. Knecht said police received new information after midnight that prompted officers to return to the house where they found the seven bodies. He didn’t say how the victims died or what prompted police to return. The police chief didn’t give the ages of the children, other than to say they were very young, but sources said they were two and six years old. The adult victims were all middle-aged.
Assiff said he saw officers come out and talk to the woman in the car. “She just let out a hysterical scream. It was eerie,” he said. “She was screaming about her kids: ‘My kids! The kids!,’ grabbing her hair and trying to pull her hair out. “The cops then ushered her down the road into a police cruiser.” About two hours after that, the drama shifted to the VN Express Asian restaurant in the city of Fort Saskatchewan. It was there the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. At the restaurant, police found a black SUV linked to the south-side shooting. They also connected the restaurant to the suicidal man. “It was established that a restaurant in that location was related to the suicidal male sought in the second homicide location,” the chief said.
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