Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Northern Quebec Town in Shock after Stabbings Leave 4 Dead, Including Suspect

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Northern Quebec Town in Shock after Stabbings Leave 4 Dead, Including Suspect

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Quebec town reeling after fatal stabbings

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AKULIVIK, Que. - A woman who saw police fatally shoot a man suspected of killing three people in this northern Quebec village says she hasn't been able to sleep since Saturday's incident.

Meeko Aliqu said she ran outside of her home after her 17-year-old son told her there had been a stabbing, and witnessed the confrontation between the police officers and the 19-year-old suspect.

"The police officer said 'Drop it! Drop it!' in Inuktitut," she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.

She said officers with Kativik Regional Police fired when the suspect did not drop his knife.

"The police officer he shot him -- maybe eight shots, I don't know," she said. She said the suspect got up and tried to enter a residence before being shot again.

"He's going inside the house but the police officer, he shot again one more time inside the house," said Aliqu.

Quebec's police watchdog the independent investigations unit said it's alleged the suspect broke into three homes and stabbed five people. Three of the victims, including a 10-year-old boy, died. Two others suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital Saturday.

The agency issued a statement Sunday saying the two wounded were "now considered out of danger."

Residents say the tragedy has shaken Akulivik, a remote village located on a peninsula jutting into Hudson Bay, some 1,700 km north of Montreal. …

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