Canada mass shooting: At least 19 victims and 16 crime scenes, police say #shooting #canada
More than 19 people are known to have died after a gunman, dressed as a police officer, opened fire in several locations across a Canadian province.
Police say they expect the death toll to rise but are aware of “in excess of 19 victims”, making it the deadliest mass shooting in Canada’s history.
The suspected attacker, Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old denturist, allegedly shot people in their homes and set properties and vehicles on fire in Nova Scotia.
Wortman had disguised his vehicle to look like a police car and was wearing uniform.
Some of the victims were known to the gunman, while others were randomly targeted.
In an update on Monday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said he believed there may still be the remains of victims in homes which were burned to the ground.
He added there may be others who were injured during the shooting spree, but this has not been confirmed.
There are 16 crime scenes around central and northern Nova Scotia, and authorities say they are “relatively confident” they have identified all locations.
Wortman was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at a petrol station, and was later confirmed to have died.
One of the victims was 23-year-old Heidi Stevenson, a veteran of the RCMP and a married mother of two.
A second officer was injured but is said to be recovering at home.
Authorities said Wortman’s use of a bogus police vehicle and uniform had likely contributed to his ability to target people and drive around without being detected.
Courtesy of Sky News