Five people are dead and two are in critical condition after a school shooting in a small Canadian community, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.
One person has been arrested, Trudeau confirmed at an emergency press conference in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum.
"This is every parent's worst nightmare. The community is reeling," Trudeau said.
“We all grieve with and stand with the community of La Loche and the province of Saskatchewan on this terrible and tragic day."
La Loche is a community of about 3,000 people located about 860 kilometres north-west of provincial capital Regina. La Loche community school has approximately 900 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.
It’s unclear whether staff members or students are among the victims.
"I ran outside the school," Noel Desjarlais, a 10th grader, told CBC News. "There was lots of screaming. There was about six, seven shots before I got outside. I believe there was more shots by the time I did get out."