A crazed Canadian gunman opened fire inside of two private residences on Monday evening, killing eight people before turning the gun on himself. Two of the victims were children, both younger than 10. Another woman was found dead at a separate location. She has been identified as 37-year-old Cyndi Duong.
Police found bodies belonging to a young boy and girl, in addition to those of four women and two men, after responding to a weapons complaint. The murders took place in Edmonton, Canada, where guns are banned. The suicidal killer is believed to be a man by the name of Phu Lam, according to the Toronto Sun. The 53-year-old has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1987.
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The above victim was one of seven found in the same residence.
Edmonton police chief Rob Knecht called the attacks a ‘senseless mass murder’, which he said was a result of domestic violence.
He later described the killings, carried out with a 9mm handgun which was stolen eight years ago, as ‘planned and deliberate’ and said they were the city’s worst mass killings since 1956.
He added the man was well-known to police and had a criminal record dating back to September 1987.
Edmonton police chief Rob Knecht spoke at a press conference regarding the spree of murders. He believes they were a result of domestic violence.
Officers received calls about a suicidal man at an Alberta home, but when they responded there was no answer from inside of the residence. They left and returned later around midnight, after “further investigation and significant disclosure by a second individual,” at which time they found the bodies of seven people who Lam allegedly killed. Records show the home is owned by Lam and a 35-year-old woman named as Thuy-Tien Truong.
Authorities believe there is no further danger to the public. “This series of events are not believed to be random acts. These events do not appear to be gang-related, but rather tragic incidents of domestic violence,” said Knecht. “Our homicide investigators have established associations and linkages between these homicides.”
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