Lillooet Bridge River Indian band office attacked: 1 dead, 10 injured
Attack sends 10 people to hospital, suspect ‘restrained’ before police arrive
CBC News, Oct 14, 2015
The alleged suspect in an attack on a band office near Lillooet, B.C. is dead following a rampage that injured at least 10 people, RCMP say.
Lillooet RCMP say a man entered the Xwisten (Bridge River Band) office with weapons just before 8:30 a.m. PT. Wednesday and assaulted staff.
The Canadian Press reported that an emergency worker, who didn’t want to be named, said the man apparently attacked one person with a hammer, and when others in the office went to help they were also beaten.
Police said when they got there, the man had already been “subdued and restrained.”
“RCMP officers immediately commenced CPR, which was continued by EHS who were staged nearby.”
Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts to resuscitate him. British Columbia’s independent police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO), has been called in to investigate the suspect’s death.
10 people injured
There were initially differing reports of how many people were injured in the attack, but B.C.’s Interior Health Authority said at least 10 people were treated for injuries. Two of them were in critical condition and were airlifted to hospital. Two were in serious condition and six others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Lillooet is a town of about 2,300, located approximately 250 kilometres northeast of Vancouver in B.C.’s Interior.
Band chief Susan James released first news of the attack earlier today in a written statement that initially reported four people injured, two of whom she said had been seriously hurt.
“A number of our office staff are being stabilized and transferred to other hospitals,” James said in the release.
“Our attention now will be on the healing work we need to do. This tragedy has put our community into shock.”
Witnesses told CBC News that they saw ambulances and a helicopter en route to the band office.
“As the police investigate, we will not comment on the details of the situation other than to say our prayers are with the families and the community,” James said.