AGENCIES, Toronto: In the deadliest such attack in Canada in three decades, a man wearing a police uniform went on a shooting rampage in the province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, killing 13 people. The 12-hour rampage ended in a car chase and officials also confirmed the suspected shooter was also among the dead after an encounter with Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Besides civilians, a police officer was also killed and the bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 100 kilometers north of Halifax.
Overnight, police began advising residents of the town — already on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic — to lock their doors and stay in their basements. Several homes in the area were set on fire as well.
Police identified the man believed to be the shooter as Gabriel Wortman, 51. Authorities said he disguised himself as a police officer in uniform at one point and made his car look like a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser.
Wortman was arrested by the RCMP at a gas station in Enfield, just outside Halifax. Police later announced that he had died. The police provided no details about how the suspected gunman had died. No explanation was given for the dastardly act by the shooter at this juncture.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as “a terrible situation” and Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters “this is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”