Sask. RCMP: Emergency Alert for shooting incident on James Smith Cree Nation

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Sask. RCMP: Emergency Alert for shooting incident on James Smith Cree Nation
Sask. RCMP: Emergency Alert for shooting incident on James Smith Cree Nation

Officers from multiple Saskatchewan RCMP Detachments and specialized units continue to search for Shawn Moostoos. Investigators believe he may be armed and should not be approached. Shawn Moostoos is a 33-year-old male and is described as having brown eyes, brown hair, just over 6 feet tall, weighing 189 pounds. He has a scar on his left hand. He may be driving a 2003, white Pontiac Montana, with Saskatchewan license plate 938 MBT. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Shawn Moostoos is asked to call 911 immediately.

Investigators have determined three individuals were shot during an altercation in a residence on the James Smith First Nation at approximately 7:19 p.m. on September 5. An adult male and an adult female are confirmed to be deceased as a result of this incident. The families of the deceased have been notified of the deaths and the names of the deceased will not be released by RCMP at this time. A second adult male was transported to hospital by local ambulance for treatment of undetermined injuries. The suspect and the three victims were known to each other.

Since this incident was reported to police, the James Smith First Nation and surrounding area have been thoroughly searched. These search efforts included assistance from Saskatoon Police Service Air 1, STARS Air Ambulance, surrounding RCMP Detachments and Police Dog Services. Investigators have followed up on multiple tips and reported sightings from the public. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call their local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Due to information investigators have learned, including the fact that the suspect and the victims were known to each other and the time that has passed since the initial incident, investigators have determined the emergency alert is no longer required.

The public is asked to ensure information being shared through social media is from a trusted source. It is easy for misinformation and rumours to spread during tragic incidents like this. The Saskatchewan RCMP is committed to ensuring the public has accurate information and updates will be provided as they become available.

The investigation is ongoing and residents in the area can expect to see an increased police presence. Residents are asked to respect police barricades and any direction given by police.

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