Mass shooting in Canada, at least 16 people killed

A gunman who at one point masqueraded as a policeman killed at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during a 12-hour rampage, the country's worst modern-era mass shooting, news wires reported. Commissioner Brenda Lucki, the head of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada's national police force, said Sunday a police officer and the suspect were among those killed.

The gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, who worked as a denturist, appeared at one stage to have been wearing part of a police uniform. He had also painstakingly disguised his car to look like a police cruiser. Wortman shot people in several locations in Nova Scotia, the police knew of at least 16 victims, besides the shooter. Brenda Lucki added there was no indication at this time that the killings were terrorism-related. Police said there was no apparent link between Wortman and at least some of his victims. They said they had no idea what his motivation might have been.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was "saddened to learn about the senseless violence in Nova Scotia."

The death toll exceeded that of a Montreal massacre in 1989 when a gunman killed 15 women.

Nova Scotia, like the rest of Canada, is under a stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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