April 20, 2020: A gunman yesterday killed at least 13 people in a shooting rampage in Nova Scotia, Canada, before being found dead.
Police identified him as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, who started shooting in the town of Portapique, about 100 kilometers from Halifax, the capital of the province.
Several victims were discovered at a house in the town, sparking a 12-hour manhunt.
It is the worst mass shooting in Canada since 1989 when a gunman murdered 14 female students at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique.
The victims included policewoman Constable Heidi Stevenson.
The gunman was seen wearing part of a police uniform and was driving a vehicle made to look like a police cruiser. Police hunting him tweeted several times that he was not an officer and warned that he was armed and dangerous.
“The search for the suspect ended this morning. I can confirm he is deceased,” said Chief Superintendent Chris Leather.
Leather said there was yet a final count on the number of victims nor an account of the motive for the shooting.
“What I would say is that it appears to be at least in part, very random in nature,” said Leather.