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Nova Scotia shooter dead after killing 17 people, including RCMP officer, in 'random' attack

It was a frightening night for the small town, which suddenly filled with armed officers patrolling the streets. Helicopters flew overhead searching for the suspect

An RCMP officer was killed in a series of rural Nova Scotia shootings that took the lives of more than 10 victims, including that of the alleged gunman on Sunday.

 

Police identified 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman as the suspect in the shooting that began in Portapique, N.S. on Saturday night and ended nearly 100 km away at a gas station in Enfield, N.S. At a press conference on Sunday, police said there were casualties at multiple locations. The shootings, they said, appeared “random in nature.”

 

Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the force was killed in the incident. She leaves behind two children and a husband. Another officer, police said, is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

“No one expects to go to work and not come home and their families,” said Brian Sauve, the president of the National Police Federation, which represents more than 20,000 RCMP officers. “It’s a heroic decision to dedicate your life to the safety of Canadians and then it’s only more so if you end up giving an ultimate sacrifice as this member did today.”

 

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Const. Heidi Stevenson. RCMP / Facebook

Police have not released any other details about the number of victims or the nature of their injuries.

 

Jenny Kierstead, the founder of Breathing Space Yoga Studio, identified her sister, Lisa McCully, as one of the victims.

 

“Our hearts are broken today as we attempt to accept the loss of my sister, Lisa McCully, who was one of the victims of the mass shooting in Portapique last night,” Kierstead wrote in a Facebook post. “Our condolences go out to the other family members who are affected by this tragedy. Thank you for your support, it’s a hard day.” 

 

The incident began in the rural community of Portapique, N.S., which is more than 130 km north of Halifax. Nova Scotia RCMP tweeted at 10:30 p.m. EST on Saturday that they were responded to a firearms complaint in the community.

 

Christine Mills, a resident of the town, said she saw officers patrolling the streets and helicopters flying overhead. She was fearful that the shooter might have gone through the woods and attempted to enter her home.

 

“It’s nerve wracking because you don’t know if somebody has lost their mind and is going to beat in your front door,” she said.

 

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members pack up after the search for Gabriel Wortman in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

 

The suspect, police would warn, became mobile. He was soon spotted in Glenholme, N.S., which is located about 18 km away from Portapique, Debert, N.S., 11 km away from his second stop and 30 km south from there in Brookfield, N.S.

 

Wortman, police warned, may have been using a vehicle that resembled an RCMP cruiser while wearing an RCMP uniform. There was only one difference between their vehicles and his: the 28B11 number written in blue letters near a back window. He was also armed and dangerous.

 

After being spotted in Brookfield, police said Wortman was now driving a silver Chevrolet tracker.

Dogs were scratching at the pavement to get to the car

 
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Paula Hanrahan left her work in Enfield, N.S. Sunday morning because she was concerned with the safety of her step-granddaughter who lives in Portapique.

 

She pulled over to the side of the road when she saw dozens of police officers, decked out in black vests, surround a silver SUV outside an Irving Big Stop gas station. One officer was on one knee on top of the SUV and had his assault rifle pointed into the car through the sunroof. Several others were laying down on their stomachs on the pavement with their rifles at the ready and appeared to be aiming at the front door of the Big Stop. Overhead, she saw a helicopter fly by. Sirens blared in the distance.

 

“Dogs were scratching at the pavement to get to the car,” Hanrahan said. “There must have been 40 men (outside the gas station).”

 

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Left: Police handout showing suspect Gabriel Wortman. Right: Paula Shanahan took a photo of the moment police surrounded the suspect’s vehicle at the Big Stop Restaurant in Enfield. She said in a Facebook post that it shows an officer on top of the car with a rifle pointed in the sunroof. RCMP // Paula Shanahan/Facebook

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau thanked police for their work and the residents of the communities for their cooperation.

“My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation.”

 

A man who shares the same name as Wortman is a denturist and operates the Atlantic Denture Clinic in Dartmouth, N.S., according to an online database on the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website. CTV Atlantic interviewed the denturist in 2014 after he agreed to help provide a set of dentures, free of charge, to a cancer survivor who lost her teeth due to the medication she was taking.

 

Tom Taggart, a councillor who represents Portapique in the Municipality of Colchester, said that the community was devastated.

“It’s a tragedy — there’s no other way about it,” Taggart said. “I can’t stop thinking about the people.”

 

Taggart described Portapique as a “subdivision in the woods where people have acre lots along the shore.” It only houses about 60 to 100 permanent residents in the winter, he said. Many of them travel back and forth between the community and other residences in Nova Scotia.

Wortman owned three properties in the Portapique area, Taggart said.

 

Taggart doesn’t know Wortman personally, he said, but has spoken to him occasionally on the phone. Wortman would call him with municipal concerns such as the roads being too rough or snow plows not showing up on time.

 

The community is known for being a safe one, Taggart said. It’s often part of the reason why its residents chose it. Waking up to the news of the shooting left him in disbelief.

 

“It’s absolutely unbelievable this could happen in our community. I never dreamt this would happen here. CNN or Fox News or something like that — but not here.”

 
 

 

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Apparently this terror spree started shortly after midnight and went on for a long time.

 

Victims scattered across Nova Scotia.

 

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Can't stop wondering if The covid-19 shutdown off businesses may be a motive.He supposably was a denturist and had a couple of clinics. Maybe the shutdown of his businesses was to much of a financial hardship and eventually lost it.

 

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How the heck did he get a car resembling a police cruiser and a cop uniform??

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Wondering what the backstory on this lunatic is. How someone can go from 0 to 100, in the crazy lane, boggles me. 

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I think the frustrating part of these incidents is that there is no explanation.

 

We're trying to explain the unexplainable....:(

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49 minutes ago, nuckin_futz said:

 

 

A man who shares the same name as Wortman is a denturist and operates the Atlantic Denture Clinic in Dartmouth, N.S., according to an online database on the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website. CTV Atlantic interviewed the denturist in 2014 after he agreed to help provide a set of dentures, free of charge, to a cancer survivor who lost her teeth due to the medication she was taking.

 

 

 

 

 

Is it insinuating that the denturist is the shooter? Cause if not, that's an awful paragraph to put in and leave it vague. 

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29 minutes ago, RUPERTKBD said:

I think the frustrating part of these incidents is that there is no explanation.

 

We're trying to explain the unexplainable....:(

Freemasonry...  and don't give me that crap oh you're a conspiracy theorist nut, grow up and expand your mind. 

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where did he kill 10 people, arent tehy suppose to stay in during this covid stuff?

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Gutted.  We may joke about this happening in the US on the regular.  But 13+ people in one shot here in Canada is unheard of.

 

We're one nation, when one province bleeds, we all bleed with them

 

Hats off, hearts out to Nova Scotia and our large yet tiny nation today

 

 

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1 hour ago, BPA said:

How the heck did he get a car resembling a police cruiser and a cop uniform??

car is easy enough, there's probably some dingus selling decals online somewhere, uniform too. Sure doesn't seem 'random' to me, seems pretty planned out. I wonder how many guns he had stockpiled? 

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Shocked and gutted, I just found out about it here.  Terrible tragedy, don't know what else to say.  RIP.

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Damn.

 

RIP to the victims and the RCMP officer leaving behind, two kids and a husband.

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How extensive are the background checks here in Canada in order to buy a gun and get a license? Out of curiosity.

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9 minutes ago, Junkyard Dog said:

How extensive are the background checks here in Canada in order to buy a gun and get a license? Out of curiosity.

There's numerous systems and waiting periods to purchase firearms here.

 

But you cannot stop a person bent on harming people

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1 minute ago, Warhippy said:

There's numerous systems and waiting periods to purchase firearms here.

 

But you cannot stop a person bent on harming people

I know. They will always find a way. Was just curious.

 

Huge black market for guns here and more so in the states. Perhaps NA could shift a focus on targeting illegal goods more than they are? I don't think it will solve it but extensive background checks and successfully suppressing illegal goods from coming in could suppress the number of atrocities in theory.

 

I just want less of this crap from happening.

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2 hours ago, Where's Wellwood said:

  

 

 

Is it insinuating that the denturist is the shooter? Cause if not, that's an awful paragraph to put in and leave it vague. 

They're just using that language to cover their butts in case there is a 2nd Gabriel Wortman out there.  Kinda like the Canucks have the good Brogan Rafferty

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Non-restricted licence, A test, takes about a day. You do need two references (from what I remember). 

Non restricted is rifles, shotguns, black powder firearms. Also lever action "mare's legs", or short barrelled rifles. 

Those do not have to be registered. 

Most ranges like DVC teach the course. 

Restricted, is another one day course, take a test. 

 

Every Restricted firearms purchase has to go to the CFO and they review. Usually a week or two. Sometimes 3 weeks on your first purchase.

Those types of firearms including pistols/handguns has to be registered with the Candian Firearms Program. 

Licences like drivers licences are good for 5 years. To be able to transport restricted firearms you need to be a member of a range or shooting club. 

 

You need to follow the rules for storage and transport as well. Get your ATT (Authorization To Transport).

 

But a guy who has his car to look like an RCMP vehicle, and dresses up as a cop. Something is very wrong with this guy. 

 

Maybe being a denturist drives one around the bend?


RIP to the victims and the RCMP officer. 

 

 

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