PORTAPIQUE, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – A person within the Canadian province of Nova Scotia shot and killed a number of people, together with not less than one police officer, throughout a 12-hour rampage, two home media outlets reported on Sunday.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) monitor Portapique Beach Road, as a fireplace truck travels alongside it after looking for Gabriel Wortman, who the police describe as a shooter of a number of victims, in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris
CTV tv, citing witnesses, mentioned police had shot dead the suspected gunman at a fuel station. Police mentioned earlier they’d arrested 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman after a automotive chase on suspicion of taking pictures a number of people, whose circumstances they didn’t specify.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police mentioned the incident occurred within the small Atlantic coastal city of Portapique, about 130 km north (80 miles) of the provincial capital, Halifax.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp and Global News each reported that “multiple people” have been dead.
“This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil advised reporters with out giving particulars.
A spokeswoman for the RCMP in Nova Scotia declined to touch upon the media studies. Police have been because of give a information convention at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT).
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, talking to reporters in Ottawa, deplored what he known as “a terrible situation.”
Mass shootings are comparatively uncommon in Canada, which has tighter gun management legal guidelines than the United States.
According to the web sites of the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia and the province’s Better Business Bureau, Wortman operated a denture clinic in Dartmouth, near Halifax.
Portapique residents mentioned the primary signal of hassle occurred on Saturday night time when police urged everybody to remain indoors. One man mentioned he noticed not less than three separate fires.
An area resident mentioned she had come throughout two burning police automobiles whereas out driving on Sunday.
“There was one officer we could see on scene and then all of a sudden, he went running toward one of the burning vehicles,” Darcy Sack advised the CBC. “We heard gunshots.”
Police initially mentioned Wortman was driving what gave the impression to be a police automotive and was carrying a uniform, however later reported he was on the wheel of a Chevrolet sport utility automobile.
The worst mass taking pictures in Canada lately occurred in January 2017, when a person killed six people at an Islamic cultural heart in Quebec City.
In August 2018, a person within the province of New Brunswick, which borders Nova Scotia, fatally shot 4 people, together with two cops. In June 2014, in the identical province, a person shot three cops to dying.
Reporting by John Morris in Portapique, Nova Scotia; Additional reporting and writing by David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Peter Cooney