Canada Mass Shooting: Gunman Kills at least 17 in Nova Scotia
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Canada Mass Shooting: Gunman Kills at least 17 in Nova Scotia

By IndraStra Global News Team

Canada Mass Shooting: Gunman Kills at least 17 in Nova Scotia

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Brenda Lucki, the death toll in a shooting rampage which includes the gunman, a 51-year-old man named Gabriel Wortman (disguised as a policeman and driving a police cruiser, number 28B11) has risen to 17 people. CBC said earlier that the incident had killed 13 people.

According to current information, a 51-year-old man named Gabriel Wortman started the rampage in the community of Portapique  about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of Halifax — what police called the first scene. Later, he moved to other communities and continued the shooting.

Image Attribute: Workers with the medical examiner’s office remove a body from a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, April 19, 2020. / Source: AP

Image Attribute: Workers with the medical examiner’s office remove a body from a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, April 19, 2020. / Source: AP

Police said the suspect shot people at different locations in Nova Scotia, many of them randomly. He was killed in a confrontation with the police. The 12-hour rampage started on Saturday and ended with a car chase and the death of a police officer named, Heidi Stevenson, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable,  who had served in the force for 23 years.

"Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served,Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said in a Facebook post.

"Two children have lost their mother and a husband his wife. Parents lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague," Commissioner Bergerman said.

Map Attribute: Gunman's shooting trail / Source: Local TV news reporting

Map Attribute: Gunman's shooting trail / Source: Local TV news reporting

Initially, Police announced that they had arrested Wortman at a gas station in Enfield, outside Halifax, but later said he had died. It was not clear how, and they did not explain further.

He was reported to have been driving what looked like a police car. Residents had been advised to lock themselves indoors in the rural town of Portapique after the attack began. Authorities were still trying to establish the final death toll on Sunday. They warned that there may be more victims.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as "a terrible situation" and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters "this is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history."

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