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5 Dead, Including 3 Children In Intimate Partner Violence In Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Detectives with Investigation Services continue to investigate five deaths at two residences: one in the 200 block of Tancred Street, the other in the 200 block of Second Line East.

Around 10:20 p.m., 911 Communicators received a report of someone breaking into a residence in the 200 block of Tancred Street. Officers were dispatched to the residence. Upon arrival, officers located one victim – a 41-year-old – deceased from a gunshot wound. The shooter had fled the area prior to police arrival.

Around 10:30 p.m., 911 communicators received another report of someone with a firearm at a residence in the 200 block of Second Line East.

Officers responded and located a 45-year-old victim injured with a gunshot wound. They were taken to hospital.

Upon entering the residence, officers located three victims: a 6-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 12-year-old, all deceased from gunshot wounds. The shooter, a 44-year-old, was also located deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

As these incidents are the result of intimate partner violence, the names of the accused and victims are not being released.

These investigations are connected. These are not random acts of violence and there is no ongoing risk to public safety.

“Our community is once again faced with the tragic and unnecessary loss of life,” says Chief Hugh Stevenson. “The grief the families, friends, and loved ones of the victims are facing is unimaginable. Our hearts go out to them. As our community grieves this tragedy, I urge everyone to please watch out for each other. If you are struggling, or if you see someone you know struggling, please make use of the mental health supports available in our community.”

Officers remain on scene at both residences as the investigation is ongoing.

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