WALES, Alaska (WTVO) — A polar bear reportedly entered a community and chased multiple people before killing a woman and a boy, officials said Wednesday.

According to Alaska State Police, troopers were called to the scene of the attack in the remote village of Wales around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Initial reports indicate that a polar bear had entered the community and had chased multiple residents,” troopers wrote. “The bear fatally attacked an adult female and juvenile male.”

The victims were later identified as a mother and her 1-year-old son.

The bear was shot and killed by a local resident as it attacked the pair, troopers said.

The names of the two people killed were not released. Troopers said they were working to notify family members.

The fatal mauling, the first in more than 30 years in Alaska, happened Tuesday near the school in Wales, an isolated Bering Strait coastal community located on the westernmost tip of the North American mainland — about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Russia — that is no stranger to coexisting with polar bears.

Fatal polar bear attacks have been rare in Alaska’s recent history. In 1990, a polar bear killed a man farther north of Wales in the village of Point Lay. Biologists later said the animal showed signs of starvation, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.