At Least 10 Are Dead in Canadian Mass Shooting

The suspect was arrested and later pronounced dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2020 3:00 PM CDT
Canadian Shooting Claims 'Multiple Victims'
Police block the highway in Debert, Nova Scotia on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Canadian police arrested a suspect in an active shooter investigation after earlier saying he may have been driving a vehicle resembling a police car and wearing a police uniform.   (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – A 51-year-old man went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 10 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, officials said. The suspect was arrested at a gas station and police later announced that he had died, the AP reports. The man was identified by police as Gabriel Wortman and arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Enfield, Nova Scotia, northwest of downtown Halifax. "Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own," said Brian Sauvé, President of National Police Federation union. "A second dedicated member was injured in the line of duty." Police have not provided a motive for the attack. By late morning, there were half a dozen police vehicles at the scene.

Yellow police tape surrounded the gas pumps, and a large silver-colored SUV was being investigated by police. Witnesses saw a body lying at the gas station. Police did not immediately comment on the person's identity. The incident started in the small, rural town of Portapique, with police advising residents to lock their homes and stay in their basements. Several building fires were reported by residents as well, but police didn’t immediately confirm details. Police stated earlier Sunday the suspect was driving a car that looked like a police vehicle and wearing a police uniform, but later said he was "believed to be driving a small, silver Chevrolet SUV," traveling southbound on a highway. They said he is not an RCMP employee or officer.
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