Gunman kills 16 in Canada's Nova Scotia in mass shooting

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Published: April 20,2020 01:29 PM
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April 20, 2020: A gunman who drove a mock-up police car killed at least 16 people in an Atlantic Canada shooting rampage, federal police said Sunday, the worst case of its kind in Canadian history.

April 20, 2020: A gunman who drove a mock-up police car killed at least 16 people in an Atlantic Canada shooting rampage, federal police said Sunday, the worst case of its kind in Canadian history.



The shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51, was shot dead by officers after a 12-hour manhunt in Nova Scotia province.



Among the victims was a veteran female constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which also handles municipal and provincial law enforcement in the province.



Police said the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when officers were alerted to shots fired in the town of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax.



In a statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mourned the victims, as he said, "I was saddened to learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia, which claimed the lives of multiple people, including one member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." He added, "Our hearts go out to the people who have lost loved ones, and to the RCMP family mourning a fallen officer."



Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil expressed his anguish over the tragedy calling it "one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history."