17 People Are Confirmed Dead After Nova Scotia Shooting Rampage
The rampage on April 19 has now become one of the deadliest mass shootings in Canadian history. The RCMP has confirmed that at least 17 people were killed by the gunman in Nova Scotia, including a police officer and an elementary school teacher. The 51-year-old gunman has also died.
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On Monday morning, some details about the victims were released following the shooting spree that took place over 12 hours on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
According to police, this includes RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who was killed on Sunday morning. Stevenson had been an officer for 23 years and was a mother of two.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union confirmed that Lisa McCully, a teacher at Debert Elementary, was also killed in the attack.
No further details about the victims have been released.
The shooting spree began on Saturday night when Nova Scotia RCMP officers responded to a firearms complaint in the small town of Portapique.
The shooter was killed after being intercepted by officers in Enfield, Nova Scotia.
What followed has now become one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history.
In a statement on Sunday evening, Nova Scotia RCMP Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman wrote, “Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many, for years to come.”
Bergerman continued, “What has unfolded overnight and into this morning is incomprehensible and many families are experiencing the loss of a loved one.”
Throughout Saturday night and Sunday morning, the RCMP provided updates about the unfolding situation in Nova Scotia.
Their notices initially urged Portapique locals to hide in their basement and to avoid approaching the suspect as he was considered to be extremely dangerous.
On Sunday morning, it was confirmed that the shooter was dressed like a police officer, and was driving an RCMP lookalike vehicle.
"The fact that this individual had a uniform and a police car at his disposal certainly speaks to it not being a random act," CMP Chief Supt. Chris Leather explained.
At 11:40 a.m., police confirmed that they had the shooter in custody, but didn't provide any further details at that time.
Gabriel Wortman, suspect in active shooter investigation, is now in custody. More information will be released when… https://t.co/4E8O9ixpre— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMP, Nova Scotia) 1587307214.0
With at least 17 people dead, this shooting has now surpassed the 14 victims killed in the 1989 Polytechnique massacre in Montreal.
It has now become one of the worst mass shootings in Canada’s history.
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