Montreal: Federal police said a gunman killed at least 13 people in a shooting in rural Nova Scotia overnight before being found dead on Sunday, the worst killing in Canada in decades One of the crazy.
The suspect is Gabriel Wortman, 51, who has been on the run since Saturday night. At the time, the police were warned to shoot in the town of Portapique, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the capital of the Atlantic province of Halifax.
Gun violence in Canada is far less than that in neighbouring countries. The control of weapons is stricter. Since 1989, the shooting is the most serious shooting in the country, when the gunman murdered 14 women at the Montreal Polytechnic student.
“I can report that there were 13 victims so far, plus the suspect, that are deceased,” the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Brenda Lucki, told Canadian broadcaster CBC.
The victims included a female RCMP officer, Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Force, while a second officer was injured.
In Nova Scotia several victims were discovered both outside and inside a house in the town, sparking a 12-hour manhunt through multiple communities.
“The search for the suspect ended this morning. When the suspect was located. And I can confirm that he is deceased,” Chief Superintendent Chris Leather told a press conference earlier.
Leather said that at one point the suspect appeared to be wearing part of a police uniform and was driving a vehicle made to look like an RCMP cruiser.
RCMP tweeted several times that he was not an officer and warned he was considered “armed and dangerous.”
“The initial search for the suspect led to multiple sites in the area, including structures that were on fire,” Leather told the news conference.
Leather said there was no final count on the number of victims, and that the investigation was in its early stages.
Another police spokesperson said, without further details, that the gunman was killed after an officer intervened.
Police said they had no indication of a motive at this stage. Lucki told CBC said there was no indication “at this point” of a terrorist motive.
“What I would say is that it appears to be at least in part, very random in nature,” said Leather.
“We are in the early stages of an incredibly detailed and complex investigation that has forever changed countless lives.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement that he “was saddened to learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia.”
He said he hopes for a full recovery of the wounded, “including one RCMP member who is in hospital being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.”