May 19, 2024
Nova Scotia Gunman Was Not a Legal Firearms Owner, RCMP Says
The shooter, who killed 22 people over the weekend, should not have had access to weapons, police say.
The shooter, who killed 22 people over the weekend, should not have had access to weapons, police say.

The man who committed the worst ever mass killing in modern Canadian history did not have a firearms licence.

Nova Scotia RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon just how the killer obtained firearms is “a key part of the investigation.”

“We have a fairly good idea that, at least in Canada, he did not have a Firearms Acquisition Certificate,” said Leather.

Leather didn’t clarify what firearms were used by the killer or how many people were killed by gunshots and later added that how the killer obtained an “authentic police uniform” is also a “key part of the investigation.”

From Saturday night to Sunday morning, over a 13-and-a-half hour stretch, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman killed at least 22 people while dressed as a police officer and driving a replica police cruiser. The bloodshed ended when he was shot dead in a parking lot at 11:26 a.m. on Sunday. Police said they first responded to a firearms call in Portapique, a small community 120 kilometers north of Halifax, at 10:26 p.m. Saturday where they found several victims and structure fires. They set up a perimeter and searched the property, but only realized the killer wasn’t there early Sunday morning.

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See Also:

(1) It’s easier than you might think to look like a cop

(2) RCMP were in ‘process of preparing’ emergency alert when Nova Scotia murderer was killed

(3) Rex Murphy on the Nova Scotia massacre: An unspeakable tragedy in perilous times

(4) As mass shooting was happening, U.S. Consulate in Nova Scotia sent email alerts to warn American citizens

(5) Stories of Nova Scotia mass shooting survivors who narrowly escaped coming to light

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