‘I’m sorry man:’ La Loche gunman had regrets
I may be angry, but I’m not angry at him.” Alicia Fontaine
MEADOW LAKE, Sask. — A teen gunman who killed four people at a home and in a school in northern Saskatchewan told police he had regrets about the shooting.
Dayne and Drayden Fontaine were killed at their house in La Loche in January 2016 before the shooter went to the high school, where he killed a teacher and a teacher’s aide.
The teen was asked in a videotaped police interview, which was played at his sentencing hearing Thursday, how he felt when he thought about killing the two brothers.
“I didn’t plan to shoot them, man. I already told you. They weren’t part of the plan,” he said, crying, in the video.
The officer asked him what the plan was.
“Go to the school and shoot the f------ kids,” said the teen.
The teen was also asked what he would say to Dayne and Drayden now. “Tell them that I’m sorry, man.” The teen has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.
The sentencing hearing is to determine if the teen, who can’t be named because he was just shy of his 18th birthday at the time, should be sentenced as a youth or an adult.
Court has heard that Dayne Fontaine was shot 11 times — twice in the head — and Drayden was shot twice, including in the back of the head.
The boys’ mother, Alicia Fontaine, told court in Meadow Lake, Sask., that the teen gunman called her two days after the shooting to apologize.
“I may be angry, but I’m not angry at him,” Fontaine said.
“I talked to him. He was crying. I forgave him. You can forgive, but you’ll never forget.”
If it were up to her, Fontaine said, she would not press charges in the deaths of her sons.
“It is true, my whole world is gone, but I know my babies are in a place where there is no pain,” she said. “I have forgiven you.”
The shooter’s mother said the family has also forgiven her son for “this horrible crime.”
“I was in shock like everyone else,” she told court. “I never knew this was going to happen.”
The teen’s mother said she feels guilty, although she knows the shooting wasn’t her fault.
“I am not a bad mother or person. If I knew and seen the signs that he was struggling in life, I could have stopped all of this from happening,” she said.
“Sometimes, as parents, we are unaware of the struggles that our children have.”
Video surveillance from the school shows the teen walking and running through hallways firing a shotgun. Teacher Adam Wood and teacher’s aide Marie Janvier were killed and seven others were hurt.
In the police interview, the teen is asked who he was targeting when he went into the school. “Nobody,” he replied. The officer asked the teen who he was looking for when he was trying to open doors.
“Teachers and students,” he said.
The defence has said there is no simple reason behind the shooting and little about the motive has been made clear so far.
Earlier in the interview, the shooter said he never felt bullied. The officer also asked the teen if he felt the school had “wronged” him. “Not really,” he said. “I don’t think so, no.”