A horrific shooting rampage Sunday in Nova Scotia, Canada, killed at the very least 16 folks together with a policewoman, investigators stated, within the deadliest assault of its type inside that nation in historical past.
The lone gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, was additionally useless. He had “moved throughout the northern a part of the province and dedicated what seems to be a number of homicides,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police [RCMP] Chief Superintendent Chris Leather-based stated.
A doable motive was unclear; police stated a lot of his victims didn’t know the killer. At one level, he apparently disguised himself as a police officer, investigators added. A number of our bodies turned up inside and outdoors a house within the city of Portapique, what police known as the primary crime scene.
Among the many victims, at the very least one officer died and one other suffered accidents, based on Brian Sauvé, the president of the Nationwide Police Federation union. The useless officer was recognized as Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mom of two and a 23-year veteran of the power.
Investigators stated earlier that they took Wortman into custody earlier than later including that he died. They didn’t give specifics.
Wortman’s title was launched about 9 hours after an preliminary tweet round midnight asking folks to keep away from the Portapique space and keep indoors as officers responded to a firearms criticism.
About three hours later, police tweeted that Wortman had been taken into custody at a gasoline station in Enfield, Nova Scotia.
A number of constructing fires have been reported as properly, however police didn’t instantly verify particulars.
“My coronary heart goes out to everybody affected in what’s a horrible scenario,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated.
“I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia,″ Premier Stephen McNeil said. “This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”
He added that it was an extra “heavy burden” amid efforts to comprise the coronavirus.
As police have been in search of Wortman, they tweeted that he could have been driving what gave the impression to be an RCMP automobile and sporting an RCMP uniform. Police stated he was not a mountie.
A Gabriel Wortman is listed as a denturist in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, based on the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia web site, The Related Press reported. A suspect picture issued by the RCMP reportedly matched video footage of a person being interviewed about dentures by CTV Atlantic in 2014.
Tom Taggart, a lawmaker within the municipality of Colchester, stated the capturing shook the in any other case quiet group.
“That is simply a fully great, peaceable quiet group and the concept this might occur in our group is unbelievable,” Taggart stated by cellphone from his dwelling in Bass River, close to the lockdown space.
“Folks stay right here due to the peace and quiet and it is simply an absolute tragedy,” he added.
Taggart stated he did not know Wortman properly, however spoke to him just a few occasions when he known as about municipal points.
The Related Press contributed to this report.