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Nova Scotia, Apr 19 (Canadian-Media): 51-year old gunman, Gabriel Wortman's 12-hour rampage through several communities of Nova Scotia took the lives of at least 16 including the gunman and an RCMP constable with warning from police there may be more victims, media reports said.
According to Sunday evening update, police knew of at least 16 victims, besides the shooter, said RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki also confirmed the incident is not terror-related at this time.
Nova Scotia RCMP said people were killed in several locations across the province, including a veteran RCMP officer.
There may be more victims, said Police, not discovered yet and their investigation continues.
The gunman's rampage began late Saturday night in the small community of Portapique, N.S., about 40 kilometres west of Truro, N.S.
The police's chase which started the Sunday morning along one of the province's busiest highways came to an end near a gas station about 35 kilometres north of Halifax in Enfield, N.S., around 11:40 a.m. local time.
It was confirmed Sunday evening by the police that the gunman was dead and the investigation of the gunman is underway.
According to a release of Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) of the province, the suspect was involved in a serious criminal event in Shubenacadie, N.S. and during a confrontation with police in Enfield, resulted in officers discharging their firearms, and suspect was then found dead at the scene.
The investigation as to the motive of the gunman is going on.
Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the RCMP, has been identified as the police officer who was killed responding to the active shooter incident, leaving behind two children and her husband.
Premier Stephen McNeil addressed the investigation Sunday afternoon and described the act as one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history.
Trudeau also offered his condolences on behalf of the federal government to the RCMP commissioner and Premier McNeil.
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Nova Scotia, Apr 19 (Canadian-Media): The Nova Scotia (N.S.) suspect, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, in an active shooter investigation, that began in Portapique, about 40 kilometres west of Truro, N.S., is now in custody, N.S. RCMP said Apr 19, media reports said.
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Multiple victims had either been shot dead or injured by Wortman but RCMP refused to disclose the number.
The public was first alerted by RCMP to an incident with a weapon involving someone with a firearm in the Portapique area on Saturday at 11:30 p.m and RCMP advised the public to stay in their homes and lock their doors.
Warning was issued earlier by the police had that Wortman might be driving a vehicle that looked like an RCMP vehicle and he might have been wearing an RCMP uniform.
A staging area in the community of Great Village, about 10 minutes east of Portapique was set up by Police and other first responders.
Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair tweeted Sunday about being deeply concerned by the situation.
"We are monitoring this carefully, and we encourage all residents to listen to the direction provided by local law enforcement," said Blair.
Coun. Tom Taggart, who represents the area for the Municipality of Colchester, described Portapique as a quiet community with many seniors and added he did not expect such a situation to happen there.