The death toll from the Nova Scotia shooting continues to rise. In a news release on Tuesday evening, RCMP officers confirmed that 23 people are now confirmed to have died, including the gunman. The 12-hour shooting spree began on Saturday night, and has led to an investigation that police believe will last for “months.”

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On Monday, police announced that 17 people had been killed in the April 19 attack, which has become the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.

The death toll, confirmed on Wednesday, has now reached 22 victims, as well as the gunman himself.

According to CBC News, the victims included an elementary school teacher, a 17-year-old girl, a pregnant lady, and several health care workers.

Veteran RCMP officer Constable Heidi Stevenson was also killed during the attack. She had two children.

Earlier this week, police officers warned devastated Nova Scotians that the death toll may continue to rise, due to the expansive nature of the crime scene.

On Wednesday, the RCMP confirmed that they had recovered victims from across the province, including in Portapique, Wentworth, Debert, Shubenacadie and Enfield. 

The police statement explained that the shooter knew some of the victims while others were strangers to him.

As part of their statement, Nova Scotia RCMP answered several questions about what happened during the 12-hour rampage.

The RCMP noted that there were several structure fires and vehicle fires that occurred during the attack. They confirmed that remains had been recovered from these locations. 

At this time, there are 16 different crime scenes.

Their notice also touched upon reports that the gunman was wearing a police uniform and driving an RCMP lookalike vehicle.

The clothing, police confirmed, was an authentic RCMP uniform. While the cruiser was not an official vehicle, officers confirmed that it was “a very real lookalike.”

The statement added that, at this time, police were not speculating on the shooter’s motives. "This is part of the investigation," they explained.

Ending their statement, Nova Scotia RCMP thanked Canadians for their support during the investigation.

“This is an unprecedented incident that has resulted in incredible loss and heartbreak for countless families and loved ones,” the notice read.

“So many lives will be forever touched, including all who responded, community members, multiple RCMP units, including our Operational Communications Centre, municipal police services, firefighters, and EHS.”

On Monday, Trudeau asked the media to refrain from using the name of the shooter and publishing his picture. Instead, he urged Canadians to focus on "the lives we lost, and the families and friends who grieve.”

For anybody who is struggling, Nova Scotia has a provincial crisis line set up where support is available 24/7.  


If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a local helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.

If you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.

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