A middle-aged man disguised as a police officer killed at least 18 people in different locations in Nova Scotia, in a 12-hour killing spree started late Saturday that ended with a car chase.
The suspect was reportedly shooting people randomly in and around Nova Scotia, one of the victims that was fatally shot was a female Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer.
The suspect was killed in a confrontation with police.
Police identified the suspect as Gabriel Wortman, 51, a denture clinic owner in Dartmount, Nova Scotia.
The RCMP feared there may still be more victim within the remains of the weekend’s attack as homes were torched.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described the mass shooting as “a tragedy”, and added that
“Violence of any kind has no place in Canada. We stand with you and we grieve with you”during his address to the Canadian people on Monday.
While, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said to reporters this was “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history“.
Before the weekend’s shooting, the worst mass shooting in Canada in modern history was the rampage at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college in 1989, which killed 14 women. The suspect killed himself afterward.
As a result, Canada overhauled its gun-control laws. Which resulted in stricter rules that require training, personal risk assessment, references, spousal notice, and a criminal background check to purchase a firearm.
Canada has also banned unregistered handguns and rapid-fire weapons.