It's been a gut-wrenching day for Nova Scotians. After a 12-hour long rampage by a 51-year-old man finally ended, there are at least ten people dead. Police confirmed the Nova Scotian shooter has died as well as an RCMP officer.

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RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather and Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman delivered their statements in a conference on Sunday, April 19.

"We are in the early stages of an incredibly detailed and complex investigation that has forever changed countless lives," said Leather.

"Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia," said Bergerman.

Police responded to a call on Saturday evening, April 18, in a home in the small Nova Scotian town of Portapique, where they identified multiple casualties. However, they were unable to locate the suspect.

Police secured the scene and expanded the search, during which they encountered "structures that were on fire." The hunt continued into the morning.

Police confirmed that the suspect, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, is now deceased.

"I can tell you that an excess of ten people have been killed," said Leather.

But Leather says they haven't yet confirmed the total number of casualties. There are several locations across the province where people have been killed.

Unfortunately, Bergerman confirmed that an RCMP also lost her life in the line of service. Cst. Heidi Stevenson sadly passed away Sunday morning.

Bergerman also disclosed that another officer was injured and is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Leather repeated throughout the conference that it's still too early in the investigation to give concrete details. However, he did confirm the suspect was armed and used his firearm at one point in the evening.

Leather confirmed earlier reports that he was dressed in part or in whole in a police uniform. He was also driving a mock-up police car.

Since he was using a fake cop car and outfit, "It certainly speaks to it not being a random act," said Leather.

Cst. Heidi Stevenson who passed away was a 23-year veteran and she leaves behind two children and her husband.

The provincial crisis line is open if you would like support at 1-888-429-8167.


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