Enfield, Nova Scotia-A 51-year-old man went on a shooting rampage on Sunday killing at lease 10 people, including a police officer.
The suspect, identified as Gabriel Wortman, was found by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Authorities said the suspect is also dead.
“In excess of 10 people have been killed,” RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said. “We believe it to be one person who is responsible for all the killings and that he alone moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides.”
Brian Sauvé, President of National Police Federation union, said a police officer was among those killed in a shooting and another was injured. “Countless families are in mourning today,” Assistant RCMP Commissioner Lee Begerman said.
The officer has been identified as Const. Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two, and a 23-year-old veteran of the force.
The incident began in a small, rural town of Portapique. Residents were advised to lock their homes and stay in the basement. Several buildings fires were also reported by residents. A motive has not yet been provided.
“This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” said Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.
Cpl. Lisa Croteau, a spokeswoman with the provincial force, said police received a call about “a person with firearms” at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and the investigation “evolved into an active shooting investigation.”
“My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.