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    Youth Charged With Murder in Canadian Shootings

    A podium and Canadian flags stand ready prior to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comments to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, about a Saskatchewan school shooting, Jan. 22, 2016.
    A podium and Canadian flags stand ready prior to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comments to reporters in Davos, Switzerland, about a Saskatchewan school shooting, Jan. 22, 2016.
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    Canadian police charged a 17-year-old male with four counts of first-degree murder following a pair of shootings Friday in a remote aboriginal community in northern Saskatchewan.

    The suspect was not identified, and police said Saturday that they had not determined a motive for the attacks.  

    A police spokesman said the youth also faced seven counts of attempted murder for shootings at a home and at a high school in the town of La Loche. The teen is expected to appear in court in the coming days.

    Two of the dead were identified as teachers Marie Janvier and Adam Wood. Two brothers, ages 17 and 13, were also killed, apparently at the nearby home.

    Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, said the shootings were the worst tragedy ever to hit the community.

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the shootings "every parent's worst nightmare."

    In 2014, a teacher voiced concern about an unidentified student at the La Loche school. She said the student had tried to stab her, and she complained when he was placed back in her classroom after serving a 10-month jail term. In a separate incident, she said, another student tried to attack her at home.

    It was not immediately clear whether either the attackers or the victim in the 2014 incidents were connected to Friday's violence.

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    by: Dom from: Madison, WI
    January 23, 2016 8:48 PM
    President Obama said this kind of stuff only happens in the U.S. Canada has stricter gun laws then then the United States does and someone in Canada needs a license and all guns (shotguns and rifles) are registered. Handguns are very hard to own and it takes a special permit and test to own a restricted firearm. To transport your firearm (of any kind) you also need a permit to take your gun to the range or to the woods for hunting. Almost all other locations in Canada are gun free zones. With all of the restrictions on guns in Canada, this should never of been able to happen, right? wrong. criminals do not go by the rules, so if I lived in NY state and was a nut job and wanted to go kill a bunch of people, I would not limit myself to a 7 shot mag. and stay away from gun free zones. I would be a criminal so I would not care about the laws of any kind. Gun laws only hurt law abiding people and gun free zone only help criminals find easy targets. Here in Wisconsin rape, murders, burglaries and violent crime have all gone DOWN in the last 5 years. 5 years ago the law went into effect allowing law abiding people to carry canceled handguns with a permit.

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