December 31, 2014 9:56 am

Gun used in Edmonton mass murder was stolen in B.C. in 2006

Police investigate the scene where multiple deaths occurred in a north Edmonton home overnight in Edmonton, Alberta on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson


VANCOUVER – There is a B.C. connection to the largest mass murder in Edmonton’s history.

Police say the gun used to kill six adults and two children was legally registered in B.C. in 1997 and was stolen in surrey in 2006. The bodies of the victims were found late Monday night in the northeast area of Edmonton. The suspected killer was found dead hours later in a restaurant outside of the city.

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Police say he committed suicide.

“This series of events were not random acts, but rather appear to be planned, deliberate and targeted,” Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said in an update Tuesday night, adding that there was no risk to the general public.

“It is a tragic day for Edmonton,” added Knecht. “Our thoughts go out to the community as we all come to terms with the senseless mass murder of eight people.”

The victims are three middle-aged women, two middle-aged men and two children – a boy and a girl, both under the age of 10.

“It’s horrific… It’s chaotic… it’s horrific… particularly when there’s children involved, it has a tremendous impact on our folks,” said Knecht.

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