A man disguised himself as a police officer and attacked the citizens
Prensa Latina.- At least 18 people died, including a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), during a shooting in a rural community in the province of Nova Scotia, local authorities confirmed today.
The RCMP reported that the incident occurred in the small Atlantic coastal town of Portapique, about 130 kilometers north of Halifax, the province’s capital, and lasted for more than 12 hours since Saturday night.
That body identified Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old man as a suspect, who has been chased by authorities since an active shooter situation was reported last night until noon on Sunday.
Law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a shooting around 22:30 yesterday, and police confirmed this afternoon at a press conference that at least a dozen people were killed in various locations in a 12-month long assault. hours and ended up at a gas station.
In an update on the crime, the RCMP confirmed that the gunman is dead, warning that there may be more deaths that have not yet been discovered.
Brian Sauvé, president of the National Police Federation, said in a statement that one officer was killed and another was injured in the shooting, and that fatality was later identified as Sheriff Heidi Stevenson, who was 23 years in the RCMP.
He added that what happened constitutes one of the most insane acts of violence in the history of that territory, and that it was an additional heavy burden amid efforts to contain the new coronavirus.
‘My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation. I want to thank the police for their hard work and the people for cooperating with the authorities, «said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Before the fact this Sunday, the worst shooting in Canada in recent years took place in January 2017, when a man shot dead six people at an Islamic cultural center in Quebec City.
In August 2018, a man fatally shot four people, including two police officers, in an apartment complex, in the province of New Brunswick, which borders Nova Scotia.