UPDATE: 17 people killed in Nova Scotia shooting

UPDATE: 17 people killed in Nova Scotia shooting

A total of 17 people are now confirmed dead after a man who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser went on a killing spree across northern Nova Scotia, according to RCMP.

They say Nova Scotia RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the force and mother of two, is among the dead.

The suspected shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, was killed after being intercepted by officers in Enfield, N.S.

Nova Scotia RCMP had previously said officers were still trying to figure out how many were dead because there were multiple crime scenes.

According to Nova Scotia RCMP, the incident began late Saturday in the small, rural community of Portapique with a report of firearms.

RCMP Chief Superintendant Chris Leather said multiple victims were found inside a residence in Portapique.

By late Sunday morning, Wortman was about 90 kilometres away in Enfield, where the chase ended. RCMP had previously said Wortman was arrested in Enfield.

The Mounties had asked residents in the area of the rural town of Portapique, to stay in their homes with doors locked and to call if anyone was seen in the area about 40 km west of Truro.

Report by the The Canadian Press was first published April 19, 2020. It has since been updated.


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