Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'I'm Sorry Man:' Teen Gunman in la Loche School Shooting Had Regrets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'I'm Sorry Man:' Teen Gunman in la Loche School Shooting Had Regrets

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'I'm sorry man:' La Loche shooter had regrets

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MEADOW LAKE, Sask. - A teen gunman who killed four people at a home and in a school in northern Saskatchewan told police he had regrets about the shooting.

Dayne and Drayden Fontaine were killed at their house in La Loche in January 2016 before the shooter went to the high school, where he killed a teacher and a teacher's aide, and wounded seven others.

The teen was asked in a videotaped police interview, which was played at his sentencing hearing Thursday, how he felt when he thought about killing the two brothers.

"I didn't plan to shoot them, man ... They weren't part of the plan," he said, crying, in the video.

The officer asked him what the plan was.

"Go to the school and shoot the f---ing kids," said the teen.

The teen was also asked what he would say to Dayne and Drayden now.

"Tell them that I'm sorry, man."

The video was recorded Oct. 29, 2016 -- the day after the teen pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

Defence lawyer Aaron Fox said outside court Thursday that the video shows his client's behaviour.

"I think some of it's obvious that he has some issues, with some cognitive issues and some social issues, and some developmental issues, and I think that's consistent with some of the evidence we see elsewhere as well," said Fox.

The sentencing hearing is to determine if the teen, who can't be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday at the time of the shootings, should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.

The Crown will call more witnesses Friday and then the hearing will be adjourned until June 13. Fox said the Crown is expected to have one more day of evidence when the hearing resumes in June, and then the defence will present its case.

Some victims have already told the court that the teen should be sentenced as an adult because of the severity of the crime.

Court has heard that shooting happened when the teen and the brothers were on lunch break from school. …

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