Canada rocked by worst mass shooting in 30 years
In the worst act of mass murder in Canada’s history, a man disguised as a police officer went on a rampage in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia, killing 16 people in their homes and setting fires.
During a 12-hour killing spree on Sunday local time, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police identified the shooter as Gabriel Wortman, 51, who had also disguised his car to look like a police cruiser. He shot and killed 18 people including a policewoman in several locations across the province.
What was the motive?
RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said many of the victims did not know Wortman. Superintendent Leather said they would investigate whether the attack had anything to do with the coronavirus pandemic but no link has been found thus far. According to the websites of the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia and the province’s Better Business Bureau, Wortman operated a denture clinic in Dartmouth, close to Halifax.
Portapique residents said the first sign of trouble occurred on Saturday night when police urged everyone to stay indoors. One man said he saw at least three separate fires.
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