On Wednesday morning in Lillooet, British Columbia, a man walked into a Bridge River Indian Band office in the region and began attacking people with a hammer. At least one person is dead, and up to 10 people are injured. Emergency services pronounced one person dead at the scene — it's unclear whether this was the suspect or a victim —and two are in critical condition in nearby hospitals. Two more are in serious condition, and four more people have non-life-threatening injuries.
According to The Province, the man deliberately began beating one person with a hammer, and others were struck when they tried to help.
Bridge River is an Aboriginal town. Chief Susan James said in a statement, “Our attention now will be on the healing work we need to do. This tragedy has put our community in shock.”