At least 16 people have lost their lives in what is being called the deadliest Canada Mass Shooting which took place in a small town in Nova Scotia.
The incident started at 10:30pm when the police were first called about the incident after which the rampage continued for 12 hours during which the suspect was able to evade the police and move from Portapique all the way to Enflied where he was killed in a shootout with police.
The suspect was identified as Gabriel Wortman, aged 51 who is said to have been dressed like a police officer similar to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) according to the police who informed about this on Twitter.
Among the victims was a 23 year old veteran of the RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson who was a mother of two and another officer was also injured although with non life threatening injuring and is being treated at a hospital.
People were told to stay indoors by the RCMP as the suspect was armed and dangerous and they were finally able to track him down at a truck stop in Enflied around 11 am after almost 12 hours of the first 911 call about the incident.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to express his condolences over the traffic incident that took the lives of many people saying:
Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the shooting in Nova Scotia. To the Portapique community, we’re keeping all of you in our thoughts. And on behalf of all Canadians, I want you to know that we’re here for you – and we’ll be here for you in the days and weeks ahead.
The investigation is still underway as to the motive of one of the deadliest Canada mass shooting and according to the police since the suspect was dressed like an officer and driving what resembled a police car, this wasn’t a random act.