Gunman kills at least 16 in Canada

Gunman kills at least 16 in Canada3
Police said the suspect, Gabriel Wortman, may have been dressed in police uniform. Source: RCMP NOVA SCOTIA
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Daily US Times: Canada has experienced the worst mass shooting in its history as a gunman disguised as a policeman killed at least 16 people, including a female police officer.

The 12-hour rampage started on Saturday and ended with a car chase.

Police said the suspect was killed in a confrontation with police, but before that he shot people at different locations in Nova Scotia, many of them randomly.

He was reported to have been driving what looked like a police car.

After the attack began, residents had been advised to lock themselves indoors the rural town of Portapique.

Authorities are still trying to establish the final death toll on Sunday and warned that there may be more victims.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable (RCMP) Heidi Stevenson, was among those killed. She had served in the force for 23 years.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted that they believed a police car was being used by the gunman. Source: Reuters

Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said in a Facebook post that Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served.

Commissioner Bergerman said: “Two children have lost their mother and a husband his wife. Parents lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague.”

According to CBC News, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki said she believed the gunman had an initial “motivation” at the beginning that “turned to randomness”.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as “a terrible situation”.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters “this is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”

Police say they were alerted late on Sunday to an incident involving firearms.

Nova Scotia police identified the alleged attacker as Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old man.

Police said, the suspect was not employed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police but “may be wearing a RCMP uniform”.

Nova Scotia police tweeted: “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.”

Police provided few details about how the suspected gunman died.

In Canada, mass shootings are rare. Gun ownership laws in the country are stricter than in the neighbouring United States.

Last year two fugitive teenagers confessed that they killed three people, including an Australian-US couple on holiday, in northern British Columbia.

University student Alexandre Bissonnette shot dead six worshipers and injured either others a Quebec City mosque in 2017.

In a 1989 mass shooting in Quebec, 14 women died after the killer sent all the men out of the classroom and opened fire.

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