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MEADOW LAKE — The teenager who killed four people and injured seven others in La Loche last year broke down in tears as he told an RCMP officer that two of his victims never should have died.
“I didn’t plan to shoot them,” the shooter told the officer on Oct. 29, the day after he pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.
“They weren’t part of the plan,” he said, mopping his face with tissues.
Videotape of the shooter’s interview with the officer was played in Meadow Lake provincial court on Thursday, the third day of the teen’s sentencing hearing. His identity is protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
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The teen shot and killed teen brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine in their home on Jan. 22, 2016, then went to the community’s school and opened fire, killing teacher’s aide Marie Janvier and teacher Adam Wood. Seven others were injured.
“What was the only thing you planned that day?” the officer asked.
“Go to the school and shoot those f—ing kids,” the shooter said.
In his hours-long interview with the officer 10 months after the shooting, the teen said he loved the Fontaine brothers and regretted killing them. He said if he could see the brothers again he would tell them he was sorry.
In the video interview, the officer questioned how the shooter — who had no previous criminal record and was widely viewed as a “quiet” person — could kill two people he loved and then go on a shooting spree at his school.
La Loche, Sask., school shooter talked about plans in 2015, sentencing hears
The accused in the deadly La Loche, Sask., school shooting in 2015 talked about his plans a year before the event that killed four people, a sentencing court has been told.The hearing for the now 19-year-old man is revealing more details about the shooting in northern Saskatchewan, partly based on an agreed statement of facts.
“Do you feel the school, in some way or another, wronged you at some point or over the course of time?” the officer asked at one point.
“I don’t think so,” the teen answered.
Once at the school, he did not shoot indiscriminately. He spared students he viewed as friends and did not shoot a teacher who he described as “a good lady,” court heard.
The officer asked about the shooter’s relationship with Janvier and Wood. The shooter said he hadn’t known them, describing Wood as “just a new teacher that started working that year” and saying he could not recall having many conversations with Janvier.
“Who were you looking for in specific when you went into school with a shotgun?” the officer asked.
“Nobody,” the shooter responded.
Seven people from La Loche read victim impact statements in court on Thursday. Among them was the shooter’s mother, who said she “was in shock like everyone else” after her son’s actions.
Victim of school shooting managed to call 911
MEADOW LAKE, Sask. - One of the victims of a shooting at a high school and a home in northern Saskatchewan told the teenage gunman that he didn't want to die while another victim managed to call 911 before he was killed. Dayne Fontaine, who was 17, was killed along with his younger brother at a house in La Loche in January 2016. An agreed statement of facts read Tuesday at the shooter's sentencing hearing indicated that Dayne said: "Don't shoot Dayne Fontaine, who was 17, was killed along with his younger brother at a house in La Loche in January 2016.
“If we knew the signs, I or my family could have tried to stop everything that unfolded during the afternoon of Jan. 22,” the youth’s mother told the court. “Sometimes, as parents, we are unaware of the struggles our children have.”
People have treated her and her family like “bad people” since the shooting, she said.
“The horrific crime my son committed, did I or my family put him up to it? No,” she said. “I myself am a victim. I have feelings, too. Yes, I have guilt, but I know it’s not my fault. The reason I feel guilty, people are always staring, therefore it feels like I’m to blame.”
Alicia Fontaine, mother of Dayne and Drayden, told the shooter she forgave him.
“I may be angry, but I’m not angry at him,” she told court.
“It is true, my whole world is gone, but I know my babies are in a place where there is no pain. I have forgiven you.”
Others who read victim impact statements on Thursday were not as forgiving.
One man whose 16-year-old grandson suffered nerve damage when he was shot in the left forearm and chest told court his boy’s dreams of one day playing professional football have been shattered.
“What did (my grandson) do to you?” the emotional grandfather demanded of the shooter. “He wants to know what did he do to you that you think you had the right to kill him? Can you answer that?”
The sentencing hearing is scheduled to continue Friday and over a week in June.
The judge must decide whether the shooter, who was less than a month away from his 18th birthday at the time of the shooting, will be sentenced as an adult or a youth. An adult sentence would result in an automatic term of life in prison while the maximum youth sentence is 10 years in custody.
Many of the people who have read victim impact statements in court over the last week have urged the judge to sentence the shooter as an adult.
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We're victims too: mom of La Loche shooterThe woman told her son's sentencing hearing that no one put him up to the crime.
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