Friday January 22, 2016

Student recalls fatal shooting at Saskatchewan school

The outside of La Loche Community School is shown on Friday Jan. 22, 2016. By late Friday, RCMP officials confirmed at least four people have been killed in a mid-day shooting at the remote northern Saskatchewan school.

The outside of La Loche Community School is shown on Friday Jan. 22, 2016. By late Friday, RCMP officials confirmed at least four people have been killed in a mid-day shooting at the remote northern Saskatchewan school. (Joshua Mercredi/CP)

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There has been a fatal school shooting at the La Loche Community School in Saskatchewan.

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La Loche Community School is shown in an undated photo. (Canadian Press)

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that five people had been killed. Later that evening, the RCMP said the shooting death toll had left four dead. There are reports that many other people are injured and a suspect is in custody.

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This is an interior view of the community school in La Loche, taken in 2015. (Submitted by Megan Howse)

Noel Desjarlais-Thomas is a Grade 10 student at the school. 

"I was walking down the hallway and the first shots goes off. Then, they're saying run," Desjarlais-Thomas tells As it Happens host Carol Off. "Then I started running and then there was about six shots." 

On Friday, As it Happens also spoke with Teddy Clark. He is the chief of the Clearwater River Dene Nation near La Loche. He says he found out about the shooting through a text sent from his daughter. Chief Clark says she was at home today and that she is safe.

"A lot of people are in shock. A lot of people are devastated. It's hard to explain," he says. "At a time like this people pull together really good."

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The outside of La Loche Community School in northern Saskatchewan is shown on Jan. 22, 2016. (Joshua Mercredi/CP)



Follow the link above to listen to Desjarlais-Thomas' interview. Here is Chief Teddy Clark:

NOTE: Both interviews were recorded at approximately 5pm ET on Fri. Jan. 22. It's possible there were developments in the story. For the latest, go to CBC News.