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Toronto, Apr 22 (Canadian-Media): Canada's one of the deadliest shootings of firearms-induced tragedy in Canadian history which took place in Canada's province of Nova Scotia had caused the death toll to rise to 23, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said Tuesday in a statement, media reports said.
''We believe there to be 23 victims, including a 17-year-old. Some of the victims were known to [shooter] Gabriel Wortman and were targeted while others were not known to the suspect,'' said the statement.
A police uniform, later confirmed to be authentic and and a realistic mock squad car were used by Wortman to carry out murders, including setting fires at multiple locations across Nova Scotia, said RCMP.
RCMP vehicle used by shooter. Image credit: Twitter
The deadly rampage started on Saturday night when Police responded to a firearms complaint in the rural community of Portapique located 80 miles north of Halifax where .
23-year RCMP veteran Heidi Stevenson, who was killed while responding to the call of action, and the front line nurse Kristen Beaton were among those killed.
It was confirmed by the authorities that human remains had been found at the site of the fires.
According to local reports, Wortman was the owner of a denture clinic in the Halifax area and maintained properties in the Portapique area.
Chris Leather, RCMP Chief Superintendent and the agency’s Criminal Operations Officer in Nova Scotia said that the investigation was in its early stages and the shooter’s motive is under investigation.