Canada shooting: Gunman kills at least 17 in rural Canada
A gunman who dressed as a policeman killed at least 17 people, including a female police officer, in the province of Nova Scotia, Canadian police say.
Sixteen people, including a police officer, are dead in Nova Scotia following the worst shooting rampage in Canadian history, police said.
The number of dead was confirmed to the Associated Press by a spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The suspect, identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51, is “deceased,” the RCMP said Sunday evening.
Suspect Gabriel Wortman — who dressed as a cop at one point in his murder spree and may have tried to make his car look like a police cruiser — was hunted down by officers Sunday at a gas station in the town of Enfield in the Canadian province and later died, although it was not immediately clear how.
“The idea that this could happen in our community is unbelievable,” said local lawmaker Tom Taggart.
Authorities said the death toll from the carnage would likely rise.
“It almost certainly will be more than 10. How much more than 10, I don’t know,” admitted Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Superintendent Chris Leather.
Police say they were first alerted to an incident involving firearms late on Saturday.
Tweets by Nova Scotia police identified the alleged attacker as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman.
He was not employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police but “may be wearing a RCMP uniform”, they said.
“There’s one difference between his car and our Royal Canadian Mounted Police vehicles: the car # [registration plate]. The suspect’s car is 28B11, behind rear passenger window. If you see 28B11 call 911 immediately,” they tweeted on Sunday.
The gunman later changed cars to drive a “small silver Chevrolet SUV”, police added.
The police provided no details about how the suspected gunman died.
Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada where gun ownership laws are stricter than in the neighbouring United States.
In 2019, two fugitive teenagers confessed to killing three people , including an Australian-US couple on holiday, in northern British Columbia.
In 1989, a college shooting in Quebec left 14 women dead after the killer sent all the men out of the classroom and opened fire.