Seven adults and two children have been found dead in the Canadian city of Edmonton after a man carried out what police called a “senseless mass murder” linked to extreme domestic violence. The gunman is believed to have killed himself after the murders. Police are not looking for any other suspects. The incident unfolded in three different locations in Edmonton, in the western province of Alberta. Seven bodies were found in the same house, police chief Rod Knecht said. Two “very young” children are among the dead, Mr 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 their 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 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.
Police discovered the body of a woman, Cyndi Duong, 37, at a house in South Edmonton at 18:00 local time on Monday (01:00 GMT Tuesday), he said. They later responded to reports of a despondent and depressed man at an address in north Edmonton at around 20:30 but we’re unable to find him. But when they returned at about midnight after receiving new information, they found seven bodies- three women, two men and two children. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, they found a body matching the description of the suicidal male at a restaurant 25 miles (40Km) northeast of Edmonton. He said police would not be releasing the names of all the victims or the killer yet.