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At least 22 people were shot dead after a gunman went on a rampage in Novia Scotia over the weekend in Canada’s deadliest mass shooting to date.

The suspected gunman, Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old denturist, was dressed as a police officer and had disguised his car to look like a police vehicle.

Police said Wortman killed people in several locations over 12 hours across the rural town of Portapique, and some of his victims were not known to him.

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People were shot in their homes and properties set on fire.

On Monday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they have recovered bodies from some of the locations of the fires.

A police spokesman confirmed that 22 people were killed in the attack, as well as the gunman.

Police have warned that the number of victims will almost certainly rise as investigators search through homes destroyed by the fires.

Officers were spread out across 16 locations in central and northern Nova Scotia, including the neighbourhood where the 12-hour attack began late on Saturday on Portapique Beach Road, where suspect Wortman lived.

Meanwhile, questions emerged on Tuesday about why a public emergency alert was not sent as the rampage ensued.

Despite police providing Twitter updates on the attack, there were no alerts that would have automatically popped up on mobile phones.

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The attack happened in the province of Nova Scotia in eastern Canada

Wortman was arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at a petrol station on Sunday. Police later announced he had died.



Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members pack up after the search for Gabriel Wortman in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020







Gabriel Wortman dressed like a police officer and disguised his car as a police vehicle, before killing at last 16 people in a shooting spree.

He wore a police uniform and made his car look like a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser allowing him to travel easily within a 30 mile (50km) area around Portapique, where the rampage began, police said.

A police officer was among those killed.

RCMP officers stand on Portapique Beach Road after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody and was later reported deceased according to local media, in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020
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RCMP officers stand on Portapique Beach Road after the attack

Residents were warned in the neighbourhood to lock their doors and stay in their basements as the attacked unfolded.

The town, like the rest of the country, had been following government advice to remain at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, so most of the victims were inside their homes when the attack began.

However no wider warning was issued.

Heidi Stevenson, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was killed in a shooting in Nova Scotia. Pic: RCMP
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Heidi Stevenson, from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was killed in the shooting in Nova Scotia. Pic: RCMP

Police have not yet provided a motive for the attack, but have said the case is not being investigated as terrorism.

Several bodies were found inside and outside one house on Portapique Beach Road, police said.

Remains were also found at other locations in Nova Scotia and police believe the gunman may have targeted his first victims but then continued the attack by shooting randomly as he drove around.

RCMP officer Cedric Landry releases a dog to a man at the checkpoint onto Portapique Beach Road after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020
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The shootings began in the small town of Portapique, Nova Scotia

Wortman, who is believed to have acted alone, was not well known to police, according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Brenda Lucki.

She said police were still studying the crime scenes to determine what weapons were used.

Nova Scotia’s premier Stephen McNeil described the shooting as “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history”.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members pack up after the search for Gabriel Wortman in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020
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Officers pack up after the search for suspected gunman Gabriel Wortman after the attack in Nova Scotia

He added: “I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation”.

It is the deadliest shooting since a gunman killed 14 women in Montreal in 1989, a tragedy that resulted in an overhaul of Canada’s gun laws.





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