Official: At least 2 dead in Saskatchewan school shooting

A shooting at a school in an aboriginal community in northern Saskatchewan left at least two people dead on Friday, a government official said.

The official, who received reports from the scene, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. The grade 7 through 12 La Loche Community School in the community of La Loche is in lockdown.

Brad Wall, the premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, confirmed the shooting at the aboriginal community in the province. He said there were victims but did not say how many and did not release any other details.

"Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at the horrific events today in La Loche. My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community," Wall said in a statement.

The school's Facebook page said it will remain on lockdown until the Royal Canadian Police resolve the matter. It is asking the public to stay away.

The area's representative in parliament, who attended the same school, was setting up a constituency office in the community when the shooting occurred.

"We're fairly shaken up. It's a sad day," said Georgina Jolibois, who was mayor of La Loche until she was elected to parliament last fall. "My own nieces and nephews were inside the school."

Jolibois said she went to the school and spoke with some of her family members, who were unharmed. She wouldn't reveal details of the shooting, saying she preferred police to release the information.