Death toll from Canada’s worst mass shooting rises to 19

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Death toll from Canada’s worst mass shooting rises to 19

PORTAPIQUE, Nova Scotia/OTTAWA, April 20 (Reuters) – The death toll from the worst mass shooting in Canadian history increased to 19, consisting of a police officer and the gunman, Canadian authorities stated on Monday, adding that they expected to reveal more fatalities from the weekend massacre in Nova Scotia.

The gunman, who at one point masqueraded as a cop and likewise meticulously camouflaged his automobile to appear like a police car, shattered the peace of rural neighborhoods in the Atlantic province during a 12- hour rampage that began late on Saturday, authorities stated on Sunday.

” We’re fairly positive we have actually identified all the criminal activity scenes,” Nova Scotia RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather told press reporters on Monday, however stated that fires set at a few of those sites, mainly residences, made the look for other victims hard.

” Our company believe there may be victims still within the remains of those houses which burnt to the ground,” Leather stated.

The Royal Canadian Installed Police determined the shooter as 51- year-old Gabriel Wortman, who worked as a denturist. Police stated they had yet to identify an intention.

  • Slide 1 of 22: ENFIELD, NS - APRIL 20:  An impromptu memorial sits in front of the RCMP detachment April 20, 2020 in Enfield, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was the home detachment of slain RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who was one of 19 people killed during Sunday's shooting rampage, including the gunman. The rampage, which was Canada's worst mass killing, began Saturday night in Portapique, and continued through other rural communities in the Maritime Provinces. (Photo by Tim Krochak/Getty Images)

  • Slide 2 of 22: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau comments on the shooting in Nova Scotia during a news conference April 20, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday the death toll from an

  • Slide 3 of 22: HALIFAX, CANADA - APRIL 20: Regional police investigators confer outside the Atlantic Denture Clinic April 20, 2020 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia ,Canada. The clinic was owned by the gunman, Gabrielle Wortman, who police say is responsible for Sundays killing spree that resulted in the death of 19, including Wortman. The rampage began late Saturday night in Portapique as well as several other rural communities in the Maritime province. (Photo by Tim Krochak/Getty Images)

  • Slide 4 of 22: Nova Scotia flags are lowered on the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border a day after a mass shooting by Gabriel Wortman, in Fort Lawrence, Canada April 20, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 5 of 22: DEBERT, NS - APRIL 20:  Flowers lay at a crime scene at the side of the Plains Road April 20, 2020 in Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada. Two residents of the community were killed during Sunday's shooting rampage. 19 people were killed including the gunman. The rampage, which was Canada's worst mass killing, began Saturday night in Portapique, and continued through other rural communities in the Maritime Provinces. (Photo by Tim Krochak/Getty Images)

  • Slide 6 of 22: A memorial for Const. Heidi Stevenson is seen outside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Headquarters, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada April 20, 2020.  - RC2L8G9RHZXH

  • Slide 7 of 22: A memorial is setup across the street from the Debert School, where Lisa McCully, one of the victims of a mass shooting by Gabriel Wortman, taught grades 3 and 4, in Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada April 20, 2020.

  • Slide 8 of 22: TORONTO, ON- APRIL 20  - The flag at City Hall in Toronto flies at half mast in honour of the victims of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia . April 20, 2020.

  • Slide 9 of 22: WENTWORTH CENTRE, NS - APRIL 20: Wentworth volunteer firefighters douse hotspots as an excavator digs through the rubble of a destroyed home linked to Sunday's deadly shooting rampage on April 20, 2020 in Wentworth Centre, Nova Scotia, Canada. Two residents of the home as well as a neighbor were killed by a lone gunman during Canada's worst mass killing. Seventeen people including the gunman died during the rampage, which was scattered through several rural communities in the Maritime provinces. (Photo by Tim Krochak/Getty Images)

  • Slide 10 of 22: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Chief Supt. Chris Leather (L) and RCMP commanding officer Lee Bergman, deliver a news conference concerning the deadly shooting rampage near Portapique at RCMP headquaters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 19, 2020. - A gunman killed at least 10 people in an overnight shooting rampage across rural Nova Scotia, before being found dead following an hours-long manhunt, Canadian federal police said April 19. Earlier identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when police were alerted to shots being fired in the small community of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province. (Photo by tim krochak / AFP) (Photo by TIM KROCHAK/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Slide 11 of 22: RCMP lights brighten a memorial placed earlier in the day by Dave Brown at Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada, after a mass shooting by Gabriel Wortman on April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 12 of 22: RCMP officers investigate a vehicle in Debert, Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 13 of 22: Flags of Nova Scotia and Canada fly at half-staff outside the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) headquarters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 19, 2020, after a shooting rampage left at least 10 dead. - A gunman killed at least 10 people in an overnight shooting rampage across rural Nova Scotia, before being found dead following an hours-long manhunt, Canadian federal police said April 19. Earlier identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when police were alerted to shots being fired in the small community of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province. (Photo by tim krochak / AFP) (Photo by TIM KROCHAK/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Slide 14 of 22: Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) tactical unit confer after the suspect in a deadly shooting rampage was neutralized at the Big Stop near Elmsdale, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 19, 2020. - A gunman killed at least 10 people in an overnight shooting rampage across rural Nova Scotia, before being found dead following an hours-long manhunt, Canadian federal police said April 19. Earlier identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when police were alerted to shots being fired in the small community of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province. (Photo by tim krochak / AFP) (Photo by TIM KROCHAK/AFP via Getty Images)

  • Slide 15 of 22: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) block the entrance to Portapique Beach Road after they finished their search for Gabriel Wortman, who they describe as a shooter of multiple victims, in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 16 of 22: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members pack up after the search for Gabriel Wortman in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 17 of 22: Local resident Dave Brown puts up a memorial for the community after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 18 of 22: RCMP officer Cedric Landry releases a dog to a man at the checkpoint onto Portapique Beach Road after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 19 of 22: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers speak with a man, as two RCMP vehicles travel on Portapique Beach Road, after the police finished their search for Gabriel Wortman, who they describe as a shooter of multiple victims, in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 20 of 22: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) monitor the TransCanada Highway while searching for Gabriel Wortman, who they describe as a shooter of multiple victims, near Fort Lawrence, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 21 of 22: A view of the command post for Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after the search for Gabriel Wortman, who they describe as a shooter of multiple victims, in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris

  • Slide 22 of 22: Editorial use only. HANDOUT /NO SALES Mandatory Credit: Photo by RCMP HALIFAX HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10618317a) An undated handout photo made available by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) shows a replica Royal Canadian Mounted Police vehicle alleged to have been used by gunman Gabriel Wortman whom reports say killed ten people during a shooting rampage which lasted some 12 hours over several locations in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada, Issued 19 April 2020. One police officer was reported killed and the gunman was killed by police to end the rampage which reportedly began with Wortman dressed as an RCMP officer driving in a replica RCMP police vehicle. Gunman killed after rampage kills ten, Halifax, Canada - 19 Apr 2020

At least 19 individuals, including a police officer, have been eliminated after a 51- year old shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, went on a shooting rampage on April 19 across the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, while camouflaging himself in a police uniform at one point. He was later on caught and police revealed the enemy is also dead.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discuss the shooting in Nova Scotia during a news conference on April 20 in Ottawa, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated “Our country stands unified in our effort to defeat a pandemic, to save lives and to assist each other make it to a better day.”.

Regional authorities private investigators confer outside the Atlantic Denture Clinic April 20, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. The center was owned by the gunman, Gabrielle Wortman.

Nova Scotia flags are reduced on the New Brunswick/Nova Scotia border on April20

Flowers lay at a criminal activity scene at the side of the Plains Roadway on April20

A memorial for Const. Heidi Stevenson is seen outside the Royal Canadian Mounted Cops (RCMP) Headquarters, in Nova Scotia on April 20.

A memorial is setup across the street from the Debert School, where Lisa McCully, among the victims of a mass shooting taught grades 3 and 4, in Debert, Nova Scotia, on April 20.

The flag at City Hall in Toronto flies at half mast in honour of the victims of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia on April 20.

Wentworth volunteer firemens douse hotspots as an excavator digs through the debris of a ruined home linked to Sunday’s deadly shooting rampage on April20

Royal Canadian Installed Authorities Chief Supt. Chris Leather, left, and RCMP commanding officer Lee Bergman, provide an upgrade on the shootings April 20 throughout a news conference.

RCMP lights brighten a memorial positioned earlier in the day by Dave Brown on April 19 at Portapique, Nova Scotia.

RCMP officers investigate a car in Debert, Nova Scotia.

Flags of Nova Scotia and Canada fly at half-staff outside the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police head office in Dartmouth.

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police tactical unit provide after the suspect in a deadly shooting rampage was reduced the effects of at the Big Stop near Elmsdale, Nova Scotia.

RCMP block the entrance to Portapique Beach Road after they finished their look for Gabriel Wortman.

RCMP members pack up after the look for Wortman, in Great Town.

Local resident Dave Brown sets up a memorial for the community after Gabriel Wortman was collared, in Portapique.

RCMP officer Cedric Landry releases a pet dog to a male at the checkpoint onto Portapique Beach Roadway after Wortman was apprehended, in Portapique.

RCMP officers speak to a male, as 2 RCMP automobiles take a trip on Portapique Beach Roadway, after the cops completed their search for Wortman.

RCMP officers keep an eye on the TransCanada Highway while looking for Wortman, near Fort Lawrence.

A view of the command post for RCMP after the search for Wortman in Great Town.

An undated handout image offered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Cops reveals a replica RCMP car alleged to have actually been used by Wortman throughout a shooting rampage that lasted some 12 hours over numerous areas in Portapique, Nova Scotia.

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Authorities stated on Sunday they had actually ended the hazard posed by Wortman, who was dead, but they would not verify a report by the CTV network that the RCMP had shot him.

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp on Sunday there was no indicator at that time that the killings were terrorism-related. Police likewise said there was no evident link between Wortman and a minimum of some of his victims.

Lucki informed press reporters on Monday the examination was going to be long and complicated, including the suspect was not popular to authorities.

Leather stated the suspect’s ability to move the province was “significantly benefited” by the truth that he had an automobile that looked identical in every way to a significant police vehicle and that he was wearing a cops uniform that was either an excellent fabrication or a real uniform.

Previously, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed press reporters: A shooter claimed the lives of a minimum of 18 people, amongst them a woman in uniform whose task it is to secure lives even if it threatens her own.”



A memorial for Const. Heidi Stevenson is seen outside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Headquarters, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada April 20, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris


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A memorial for Const. Heidi Stevenson is seen outside the Royal Canadian Installed Authorities (RCMP) Head Office, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada April 20,2020 REUTERS/John Morris.


He was referring to experienced RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, who was eliminated in the shooting spree on Sunday. She was a mother of two.

Another RCMP officer was injured and was recuperating in the house, the authorities union stated.

Trudeau stated the killings “took place in villages: Portapique, Truro, Milford and Enfield, puts where people have deep roots, locations where people know their next-door neighbors and look out for one another.”

” Now these communities remain in mourning and Canada is in grieving with them,” Trudeau said.

( Reporting by John Morris and Steve Scherer; Additional reporting by Kelsey Johnson in Ottawa and Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto; Composing and additional reporting by Moira Warburton; Editing by Denny Thomas, Expense Berkrot and Peter Cooney)

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