9 Dead in Canada Killing Spree

Police think man killed 6 adults, 2 kids, and himself
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2014 6:20 PM CST
9 Dead in Canada Killing Spree
Police investigate the scene where multiple deaths occurred in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

A killing spree in Canada has left nine people dead at three separate locations in or near Edmonton, reports the CBC. Authorities think one man killed six adults and two children in a domestic dispute before committing suicide. Edmonton police found the first victim, a middle-aged woman, inside a home while responding to a weapons complaint at the address yesterday evening. Shortly after midnight, after getting multiple calls about a potential suicidal male at a separate address, they found the bodies of seven more victims—identified only as three women, two men, a boy, and a girl, reports the AP. (Police had gone to the home earlier, about 8:30pm, but left after getting no answer and seeing nothing suspicious.)

After 2am, police spotted the vehicle of the suicidal man outside a restaurant in nearby Fort Saskatchewan. Officers found the man dead inside when they entered about 9am today, reports the Edmonton Sun. Police haven't identified any of the victims or spelled out the relationships between them and the shooter. "These events do not appear to be gang-related, but rather tragic incidents of domestic violence," says Edmonton's police chief. (More Edmonton stories.)

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