There's An 'Active Shooter' In Nova Scotia & Police Want Locals To Hide In Their Basement

There are likely several victims.
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An 'Active Shooter Situation' Is Unfolding In Nova Scotia & Locals Are Being Told To Hide

A terrifying situation is unfolding in Nova Scotia. In Portapique, located approximately 30 minutes outside of Truro, police are dealing with an “active shooter situation.” According to reports, there are already multiple reported victims, and police are now asking locals to stay at home and hide in their basements.

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UPDATE: Shooter is currently believed to be in the Central Onslow and Debert area, east of Truro, in a vehicle that looks like an RCMP car, wearing an RCMP uniform.

EARLIER: On Saturday evening, Nova Scotia RCMP tweeted they were responding to a firearms complaint in the Portapique area, at around 11:30 p.m.

By early Sunday morning, this had escalated to an “active shooter situation,” and officers are now urging those in the area to lock their doors, and shelter in basements, if possible.

The suspect is believed to be 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman.

Nova Scotia RCMP believes Wortman may be driving a police vehicle, and could be wearing an RCMP uniform.

"There's 1 difference btwn his car and our RCMP vehicles: the car #. The suspect's car is 28B11, behind rear passenger window. If you see 28B11 call 911 immediately," Nova Scotia RCMP tweeted on Sunday.

Residents are being urged to avoid the area of Portapique Beach Road, Bay Shore Road and Five Houses Road, along Cobequid Bay in Colchester County.

At this time, there are believed to be multiple victims.

Wortman is considered to be armed and dangerous by police, and locals are urged not to approach him under any circumstances.

In a statement to Global News, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Lisa Croteau urged people living in the area to "go into the basement, we just have an unfolding situation, a person with a firearm, and we would like everybody to stay safe."

Wortman is described as being a bald, white man,  approximately six feet tall with green eyes. 

"If you see him, call 911. DO NOT approach," RCMP tweeted on Sunday morning.

Local officers remain on scene as of Sunday morning at 10 a.m., and they're asking residents of the area to keep their doors locked and to remain vigilant.

"Call 911 if there is anyone on your property," stated RCMP officers on Sunday. "You may not see the police but we are there with you."

Additional information about the victims and the nature of their injuries is yet to be confirmed by police.

The situation is ongoing.

Helena Hanson
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Helena Hanson is a Senior Editor for Narcity Canada's Trending Desk focused on major news. She previously lived in Ottawa, but is now based in the U.K.
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