16 killed in shooting rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

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TORONTO (AP) – Canadian police say a gunman disguised as a police officer has killed 16 people in a shooting rampage across the province of Nova Scotia.

It was the deadliest such attack in Canadian history. The suspect is also dead. Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique.

Bodies were also found at other locations. Several homes in the area were set on fire as well.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Daniel Brien confirmed Sunday that 16 people have been killed in addition to the shooter.


(ABC News) – Following a manhunt, Canadian police have arrested a suspect in a Nova Scotia shooting after multiple victims were found.

Gabriel Wortman, 51, was taken into custody on Sunday after a pursuit throughout the Canadian province, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceNova Scotia police have suspect Gabriel Wortman in custody.Nova Scotia police have suspect Gabriel Wortman in custody.Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Wortman was believed to be wearing a police uniform and driving a police vehicle, but is not employed by the RCMP, according to the police.

During the pursuit, Wortman was later seen driving a silver Chevy Tracker, the police said. He was arrested at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, according to The Associated Press.MORE: Texas police officer shot and killed, 2 others injured after domestic disturbance

There are several victims in the Saturday shooting in Portapique, according to the police. There have been no reported casualties at this time.

Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via APRoyal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect into custody at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, April 19, 2020.Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect into custody at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, April 19, 2020.Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP

“My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said outside his Ontario home Sunday. “I want to thank the police for their hard work, and people for cooperating with authorities.”

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