WATCH ABOVE: Two people are dead and the suspected killer in hospital after a work camp attack in northern Alberta. Fletcher Kent has more.
EDMONTON – RCMP say two people have been killed at a work camp southwest of Fox Creek, Alberta after a man attacked people with a knife.
The RCMP was called at about 1:50 a.m. Tuesday to the Berland Open Camp. Officers found two people dead when they arrived at the camp.
RCMP members then found a man armed with a knife. The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team said a confrontation occurred and the man was shot.
The 28-year-old man was taken by STARS air ambulance to an Edmonton hospital where he remained in serious condition Tuesday evening.
RCMP believe the man acted alone and are not looking for any other suspects.
RCMP Major Crimes Unit is at the camp investigating the double homicide. ASIRT is investigating the police shooting.
“It’s really a two-pronged approach,” said Cpl. Carol McKinley. “We still are maintaining the scene at the camp as well as attempting to interview a number of people who would have been at site and available to provide us information in terms of what happened.”
The two victims haven’t been identified. Autopsies will be scheduled for later this week.
Berland Open Camp is southwest of Fox Creek which is 263 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.
“The people are astonished,” said Fox Creek Mayor Jim Ahn, “they’re shocked that something like this would happen in our area.
“My heart goes out to the family and friends of the victims.”
Fox Creek is an industrial town that is home to just over 2,100 people. However, an additional 10,000 people stay in hotels or work camps in town or surrounding the community.
Emergency services are set up to respond to a population of about 2,000.
Berland is operated by Canada North Camp/DJ Catering.
DJ Catering released the following statement:
“We were deeply saddened by the incident that occurred today at one of our locations. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s families at this time. The RCMP will provide any further updates with respect to the investigation.”
Alberta work camps provide housing for those working in the oil and gas industry in remote areas.
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