Nova Scotia Mass Killings : 17 People Killed in Deadliest Shooting in Canadian History

April 19, 2020: 17 people were killed after a gunman who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser travelled across northern Nova Scotia (Canada). A police officer is among the dead. Police say the suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, was killed after being intercepted by officers in Enfield, N.S.

Bodies were also found at other locations. Police officers believe the shooter may have targeted his first victims but then began attacking randomly. Overnight, police began advising residents of the town already on lockdown because of COVID-19 to lock their doors and stay in their basements. Many homes in the area were set on fire as well.

RCMP spokesman Daniel Brien confirmed that 16 people had been killed in addition to the killer. The dead officer was identified as Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and a 23-year veteran of the force. Another officer was also injured.

"This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history," said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.

"As a country, in moments like these, we come together to support one another. Together we will mourn with the families of the victims, and help them get through this difficult time," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a written news release.

Tom Taggart, a lawmaker who represents the Portapique area in the Municipality of Colchester, said the quiet community has been shaken."This is just an absolutely wonderful, peaceful quiet community and the idea that this could happen in our community is unbelievable," Taggart said by phone from his home in nearby Bass River.

A Gabriel Wortman is listed as a denturist — a person who makes dentures — in the city of Dartmouth, near Halifax, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website. A suspect photo issued by the RCMP appears to be of the same person seen in video footage being interviewed about dentures by CTV Atlantic in 2014.

Mills also said that Wortman was known locally as someone who divided his time between a residence in Halifax and a residence in Portapique. Taggart said he didn't know Wortman well, but spoke to him a few times when he telephoned about municipal issues. Taggart described knowing Wortman's "lovely big home" on Portapique Beach Road.

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