Teen facing four counts of murder in Saskatchewan shooting

The dead have been identified as 35 year old Adam Wood, 21 year old Marie Janvier, 17 year old Dayne Fontaine, and 13 year old Drayden Fontaine.


A man holds a rosary as police investigate the scene of a shooting at the community school in La Loche Sask., on Saturday, January 23, 2016. The shooting took place on Friday, leaving four people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

LA LOCHE, Sask. – Police say a 17-year-old has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in a mass shooting at a school and home in northern Saskatchewan.

The male can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police say they were called to the high school in La Loche shortly after the lunch hour on Friday for reports of a shooting.

They say they were able to arrest an armed suspect after a chase through the halls.

Officers found nine staff and students had been shot — one woman, a teachers’ aide, died at the scene while a male teacher died in hospital.

Police were then called to a home in La Loche where they found two teenagers dead.

The dead have been officially identified as Adam Wood, 35, and Marie Janvier, 21, both of whom were shot at the school.

Dayne Fontaine, 17, and Drayden Fontaine, 13, were found dead in the home. Police said they had received consent to name the two teens from family members.

Wood started teaching at the La Loche Community School in September.

His family in Ontario said in a statement that he was an adventurer with a passion for life who made people laugh until their stomachs hurt.

“Adam had just begun his teaching career in La Loche last September and was enjoying his time,” the statement reads. “He was always up for a good challenge and lived each day joyously.”

Marie Janvier also started working at the school last fall as a classroom aide.

Janvier’s friend Ashton Lemaigre said the woman was kind and patient with children and planned to get her teaching degree someday.

“The kids loved having her around,” Lemaigre said. “When we were out and about kids would say ‘Hi.’ They would just come running to her. And she was just a friend to everybody.”

Witnesses recalled a terrifying scene of panic as students fled for their lives at the school. Some students said they ran for the doors when they saw a shotgun while others hid in gym dressing rooms for hours after they heard the shots.

One student forwarded to The Canadian Press a screenshot of a chilling exchange that had taken place on social media a short time before the shooting between a young man and his friends.

“Just killed 2 ppl,” wrote the young man. “Bout to shoot ip the school.”

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Teen facing four counts of murder in Saskatchewan shooting

  1. Here is another case where the Youth Criminal Justice Act is going to allow a murderer to basically get away. Because he is 17 years old, he will not be judged in an adult court. He will be given a three year sentence in a Youth Retention Center and then allowed to go free. He will be among us and no one will know who he is or what he has done. It is time to abolish this Youth Criminal Justice Act and put people like this in adult court and let them face a life time of jail. At seventeen, I was in the military. I knew right from wrong. There is no excuse for this murderer to go out and kill all these people. At least let the public know who he is and what he has done. When is this country going to start to care for the innocent victims and citizens and stop thinking about rehabilitation the the criminals. The bottom line: if this person can go out and kill so many people, three years of counselling isn’t going to change him.

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