Canada Mass Shooter Killed 13 by Gun, 9 by Fire

The latest details on Nova Scotia tragedy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2020 3:00 AM CDT
How Canada Mass Shooter Created Replica Police Car
People pay their respects at a roadside memorial in Portapique, Nova Scotia on Sunday, April 26, 2020. A man went on a murder rampage in Portapique and several other Nova Scotia communities killing 22 people.   (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

A gunman who killed 22 people in Nova Scotia this month obtained a replica police car at an auction and outfitted it with a light bar and decals that made it look almost identical to a genuine Royal Canadian Mounted Police vehicle before using it to go on a rampage, police said Tuesday. Thirteen of the victims were shot to death and nine died in fires set by the suspect, said RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke. RCMP Supt. Darren Campbell said Gabriel Wortman, 51, owned four used police cars obtained at auction and also collected police uniforms. He said Wortman was related to retired RCMP officers and they’ve been interviewed, the AP reports. He said there is no indication that a former RCMP officer assisted Wortman or provided him with any police equipment.

The weekend rampage on April 18 and 19 started with an assault by Wortman on his girlfriend and ended with 22 people dead in communities across central and northern Nova Scotia. His girlfriend, who survived and is cooperating with police, hid overnight in the woods as the suspect shot his neighbors and set homes on fire. His girlfriend was a neighbor. Campbell said they don’t think Wortman was purposely targeting women. “It appeared as if he was just targeting individuals that he knew or individuals for whatever reason. I don’t think we’ll ever understand,” he said. “It’s completely senseless.” Campbell said a number of people had disputes with the gunman. “That included everyone from associates to business partners to family members,” he said.

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