‘I’m sorry man:’ La Loche gun­man had re­grets

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NATIONAL - JEN­NIFER GRA­HAM

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.”

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