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.
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Shooting spree at TWO bars in German city of Hanau leaves ‘multiple dead’ #shooting #MultipleDead #emergency #ShishaBar #Hanau #Germany
Shootings at two hookah bars in the German city of Hanau and nearby Kesselstadt have resulted in multiple deaths, local media reported. Police suspect they are related, and that the perpetrator is still at large.
Video of the mass police response was posted to social media on Wednesday evening local time, along with speculation that up to eight people may have been killed at the two locations. Those reports are unconfirmed as of yet.
Citing law enforcement sources, the tabloid Bild said eight people have been killed and five more injured. The same casualty figures have been reported by local outlet Hessenschau.
German media reported that the first incident happened at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz, in central Hanau. It was followed by the shooting in Kesselstadt, which apparently involved shots fired at another hookah bar from a moving car shortly afterward. The two are being treated as related.
A third shooting, in the Lamboy district, has been reported by the local TV Hessischer Rundfunk, but remains unconfirmed as of yet.
Hanau is a city of about 100,000 residents, located just east of Frankfurt on the Mein, in the German state of Hesse.
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Up to 30 people have reportedly been #shot in #Texas in two separate locations in #Midland and #Odessa, #USA
Up to 30 people have reportedly been shot in Texas in two separate locations in Midland and Odessa. Police say there are two shooters in two vehicles involved. Manhunt is ongoing.
In Odessa, active shooter situation was reported near a Home Depot. The rifle-wielding gunman shot a state trooper and then opened fire on civilians from a vehicle. 20 people have been shot in total, according to CBS News.
Midland Police Department then reported that there were two shooters in two separate vehicles in Midland. One of the alleged gunmen is driving a gold-white Toyota truck and the second had reportedly hijacked a USPS postal van.
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Multiple fatalities in #ElPaso, #Texas, #USA
Multiple people were killed in the attack, officials said
Multiple people have been killed in an attack at a shopping centre in El Paso in Texas, police and a mayor’s aide have said.
One person is in custody after the shooter went on a rampage on Saturday at the Cielo Vista Mall.
Police Sergeant Enrique Carrillo told reporters that there were “multiple fatalities” and that officers were “searching multiple scenes, primarily the Walmart”.
He did not say how many people were wounded or killed.
NBC News reports that a University Medical Center official said it had received 10 seriously injured victims and that some victims were taken to other hospitals.
Sgt. Carrillo said a suspect was in custody and there was no longer danger to the public.
Police earlier urged people to stay away from the complex after receiving reports of multiple shooters at the mall.
Many people caught up in the attack were buying back-to-school supplies.
El Paso police Sergeant Robert Gomez said authorities had ruled out multiple shooters.
He said there were initial reports that the gunman used a rifle.
“This thing is fluid and dynamic. As of right now we don’t think there’s multiple (suspects) but that could change,” Sgt. Gomez told reporters at the scene.
The White House said President Donald Trump has been briefed on the shooting and has spoken to Attorney General William Barr and Gov. Greg Abbott.
Gov. Abbott described the shooting as a “heinous and senseless act of violence”.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific shooting and to the entire community in this time of loss”, he said in a statement.
“We have deployed troopers, special agents, Texas Rangers, tactical teams, and aircraft to the scene in a support role.
“The state of Texas will do everything it can to ensure justice is delivered to the perpetrators of this heinous act.”
Presidential candidate and former US Rep. Beto O’Rourke said he is distraught by the news of a mass-shooting in his hometown of El Paso.
Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas, he said he planned to return home immediately to be with his family and asked “for everyone’s strength for El Paso right now.
“Everyone’s resolve to make sure that this does not continue to happen in this country.”
Walmart said in a statement: “We’re in shock over the tragic events at Cielo Vista Mall… We’re praying for the victims, the community & our associates, as well as the first responders.”
The mall complex is near Interstate 10 and on El Paso’s east side.
El Paso, which as around 680,000 residents, is in West Texas and sits across the border from Juarez, Mexico.
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Possible #TerroristAttack In The #Dutch City Of #Utrecht, #Netherlands; Many Have Been #Shot
Several people have been injured after a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
Schools are on lockdown.