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Murder charges after Edmonton stabbing spree

EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 21: A sheriff's car speeds through the downtown streets on its way to a hostage situation at the Workers' Compensation Board building on October 21, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
EDMONTON, CANADA - OCTOBER 21: A sheriff's car speeds through the downtown streets on its way to a hostage situation at the Workers' Compensation Board building on October 21, 2009 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images

Edmonton police announced in a statement Saturday several charges against a man who allegedly stabbed two co-workers to death and four others in the west-end of the city a day earlier.

Jamie Pasieka, 29, was charged Saturday with two counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder [x1], and possession of an offensive weapon [x2], the statement said. Additional charges are pending.

“It is a devastating situation for everyone, including the families,” said Staff Sgt. Bill Clark of the homicide section.

Police identified the two victims as 50-year-old Fitzroy Harris and 41-year-old Thierno Bah. Four other male co-workers aged 21, 29, 34 and 44 were hospitalized. The 34-year-old male remains in hospital.

Police had responded to a call on Friday afternoon at the Loblaws warehouse near 161 St and 121 A Ave in response to a report of multiple assaults involving a knife, a news release said.

Police later arrested Pasieka near 39 Street and 74 Avenue after they received a tip hours after launching a massive manhunt and releasing his pictures to the media.

Autopsies for both victims were scheduled for Monday.