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Canada: A minimum of 13 other people killed after mass capturing in Nova Scotia | International Information

At least 13 people have been killed in a mass shooting in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

The suspected gunman was dressed as a police officer – and the shootings took place over 12 hours in the rural town of Portapique.

One of those killed was Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a married mother of two children.

A second officer was injured.

Heidi Stevenson, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was killed in a shooting in Nova Scotia. Pic: RCMP
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Heidi Stevenson, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was killed in the shooting. Pic: RCMP
Gabriel Wortman  https://twitter.com/RCMPNS
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Gabriel Wortman is suspected of shooting a number of people. Pic: @RCMPNS
RCMP officer Cedric Landry releases a dog to a man at the checkpoint onto Portapique Beach Road after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020
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Armed police and dogs were used in the search for the gunman

Brian Sauve, president of the National Police Federation union, said: “Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own.”

The rampage began on Saturday night in Portapique, about 80 miles north of Halifax, and police told residents to lock their homes and stay inside.

There were also reports of burning buildings and police vehicles on fire, but these were not officially confirmed.

One of the town’s residents Christine Mills said armed officers had been patrolling the town’s streets and helicopters were also used to search for the suspect.

Police said the suspect Gabriel Wortman, 51, had killed people in several other locations but they did not confirm his motive.

Chris Leather, the Nova Scotia RCMP’s criminal operations officer, said Wortman had been seen wearing a police uniform but it was not clear whether he had been disguised as an officer during the shootings.

Wortman was arrested at a petrol station, but he later died. Reports that he was shot dead by police were not officially confirmed.

RCMP officers stand on Portapique Beach Road after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody and was later reported deceased according to local media, in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020
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The shootings began in the small town of Portapique, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s premier Stephen McNeil described the shooting as “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history”.

He added: “I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia.”

The shooting has been described as the worst act of mass murder in Canada since a gunman killed 15 women in Montreal in 1989.

Lee Bergerman, commanding officer of the RCMP in Nova Scotia, said it would “remain etched in the minds for many years to come”.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members pack up after the search for Gabriel Wortman in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020
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At least 13 people were killed in the shooting, including a police officer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation”.

Police had said the suspect was driving what appeared to be a police car but later said he was believed to be in a small, silver Chevrolet SUV.

They confirmed he was not a police employee.

He is instead listed as a denturist in Dartmouth, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website.


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