Mass shooting with 16 killed people in Canada

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A gunman killed at least 16 people, including one officer, in the small-town Nova Scotia, Canada, following a 12-hour shooting rampage. A second officer was injured.

There are several locations across the province where persons have been killed. At a media conference Sunday evening, police described chaos with multiple 911 calls coming in late Saturday at a property in the small rural community of Portapique. Some victims “appeared not to have a relationship with the assailant shooter.” The deceased officer was identified as Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and 23year veteran. The manhunt was complicated by the fact that the suspect is believed to have been wearing as least part of what looked to be an RCMP uniform. He was also driving a silver Chevrolet Tracker like a police car.

The suspect was spotted late Sunday morning at a truck stop. Police confirmed he is deceased. He was identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51. The premier of Nova Scotia called the shooting spree “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.” “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the shooting,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted. “Tragedies like today are horrific and should never happen. I want to share my deepest condolences with all those suffering right now, particularly the families and friends of the many innocent people that were killed,” Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair declared in a statement. In Canada, mass shootings are relatively uncommon.

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