Five young people are dead in Calgary’s worst mass murder after a stabbing at a late-night house party where university students were celebrating the end of the school year.
The suspect, who is the son of a 33-year veteran of the police force, was invited to the party and is being held for questioning, said Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson.
The stabbing was the “worst mass murder” in the city’s history, Hanson told reporters in Calgary, Canada’s oil-patch hub.
The victims include four men and one woman and were all in their teens or early 20s, police said. The stabbings occurred at 1:20 a.m. local time in the Brentwood community near the University of Calgary, police said on the city’s website.
“We have never seen five people murdered at one scene,” Hanson said. “The scene itself is tremendously impactful.”
Neighbors in the northwest Calgary neighborhood reported a “normal gathering” yesterday at about 9 p.m., with about 20 university students celebrating the end of their exams, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said on its website. The suspect ran from the scene and was captured 40 minutes later, CBC said.
The University of Calgary is mourning the loss of the five victims, it said on its website, without providing details. The school will make a further statement after police release the names of the deceased.
“The university is greatly concerned about students, faculty and staff affected by this tragedy,” the school said.
Students at the university were celebrating a tradition known as Bermuda Shorts Day to mark the end of the year, the Globe and Mail reported.