Eight shot in Canada, killer commits suicide: Police

Police cordon tape surrounds a house (R, with lights on) where seven people were found dead, in one of three separate crime scenes, in north Edmonton, Alberta, December 30, 2014.

MONTREAL - A man shot and killed eight people in western Canada, including two children, before committing suicide Tuesday, police said.

The incident unfolded in three different locations in Edmonton, in the western province of Alberta.

Seven of those killed - three women, two men and the two children - were found in the same house, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said. The eighth victim was a woman.

"It's a tragic day for Edmonton... with this multiple murder of eight people," Knecht said.

The events began late Monday in the southern part of the city where a man was found to have "discharged his weapon" on a female victim and fled the scene, Knecht explained.

The suspected killer, whose relatives said was suicidal, then headed to a residence in the north of the city, where he killed another seven people.

After a first unsuccessful patrol, police returned to that house.

After forcing the door open, they discovered the bodies of the seven victims.

Working off of evidence and testimony, detective quickly identified the suspected killer, who was not identified publicly.

He was found early Tuesday in Fort Saskatchewan, a northeastern suburb of Edmonton, after committing suicide.