Myles Sanderson was the only killer in Canada mass stabbings, and his brother was a victim, police say
A killer wearing a hoodie and making his way through Edmonton in a small, red sedan was spotted by surveillance cameras before the first stabbing in Canada’s largest city.
But it wasn’t until the morning of the first attack that authorities caught their first suspect.
The gunman was identified as 25-year-old Michael Sanderson, and his brother, 28-year-old Iain Sanderson, was pronounced dead at the scene. Michael was the only suspect in what police say was a string of mass stabbings in Alberta’s capital city.
Michael Sanderson was found hiding in the trunk of his car, where a bomb-sniffing dog alerted to the presence of explosives.
The police dog was trained to detect explosives, and the search of the trunk found a homemade pipe bomb and a homemade detonator. The homemade pipe bomb was hidden in a bag of potato chips, the police said.
Police officers say it is believed that all six men killed in Edmonton on Monday were targeted by the same offender, and that their deaths were a result of ‘a vicious hate crime.’
Mike Sanderson was arrested, along with three others suspected of being involved in the murders, the Edmonton Journal reported. Michael Sanderson and two others had been arrested in connection to two earlier stabbings.
Sanderson is the leader of a militia group in Alberta, called the Red Knights of Liberty. The Red Knights are a controversial, secretive right-wing group that calls itself the ‘patron saint’ of free speech, and has drawn attention for its role in opposing what it believes are attempts by the Canadian government to undermine free speech in Canada.
The Red Knights have a long history of violent outbursts against government, and have attracted controversy as the group has been labelled by some as a hate group. The Red Knights have been called out for threatening political opponents, and the group’