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Shooting on Sask. First Nation leaves 2 dead, 1 wounded; RCMP search for suspect

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The search for the man suspected in the fatal shooting of two people and the injury of another on the James Smith Cree Nation continues on Monday. 

In an update issued shortly before 11 a.m. CST, police said the search for 33-year-old Shawn Moostoos remains ongoing. 

RCMP in Melfort, Sask., issued an emergency alert on Sunday evening advising people in the area in and around James Smith Cree Nation to shelter in place, stay away from windows and to not answer the door unless instructed to by police due to a shooting “involving multiple victims.”

The alert has since been cancelled.

Shooting on Sask. First Nation leaves 2 dead, 1 wounded; RCMP search for suspect
RCMP say Shawn Moostoos may be armed. He is wanted in connection with a shooting on the James Smith First Nation. (RCMP – Handout )

Police issued a statement at 10 p.m. CST saying they had begun to search for a 33-year-old male suspect.

The Mounties said the shooting happened around 7:20 p.m. CST during an altercation at a residence on the First Nation, about 180 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

A 37-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman from James Smith Cree Nation are dead.

A 44-year-old man was taken to hospital for treatment of what are described as serious but non-life-threatening injuries. 

An update on his condition has not yet been provided. 

The families of the dead have been notified but police are not releasing their identities at this time. 

Shooting on Sask. First Nation leaves 2 dead, 1 wounded; RCMP search for suspect
A police investigator takes photos at the scene of a shooting that left two people dead and one injured at a home on James Smith Cree Nation on Sept. 6, 2021. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC News)

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Emergency alert cancelled

At 4:30 a.m. CST on Monday, RCMP cancelled the emergency alert, saying it was no longer required due to the time that had passed since the shooting, and because they has confirmed that Moostoos and the victims knew each other.

Moostoos is described as having brown eyes and brown hair. He is just over six feet tall, weighing 189 pounds, and has a scar on his left hand.

Police say he may be driving a 2003 white Pontiac Montana with Saskatchewan licence plate 938 MBT.

James Smith First Nation and the surrounding area has been thoroughly searched since the incident was first reported to police.

Shooting on Sask. First Nation leaves 2 dead, 1 wounded; RCMP search for suspect
A small memorial at the entrance to the home where two people were killed and another was injured in a shooting. Police continue to investigate the incident that occurred on James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan on Sept. 5, 2021. (Chanss Lagaden/CBC News)

The search has been aided by Star Air Ambulance, the Saskatoon Police Service’s air support unit and police dog services. 

“The investigation is ongoing and residents in the area can expect to see an increased police presence,” RCMP said in a statement.

“Residents are asked to respect police barricades and any direction given by police.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to immediately call their local police department or to contact Crime Stoppers. 

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