A gunman identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51 disguised as a policeman killed at least 16 people on a 12-hour rampage across Nova Scotia, Canada.
Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 20-year veteran, was killed in the line of duty when responding to the active shooter situation.
Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, about 60 miles (100 kilometres) north of Halifax – what police called the first scene.
Bodies were also found at other locations. Authorities believe the shooter may have targeted his first victims but then began attacking randomly.
Residents had been advised to lock themselves indoors the rural town of Portapique after the attack began.
Police did not say what the initial motive was. RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said many of the victims did not know the attacker.
“That fact that this individual had a uniform and a police car at his disposal certainly speaks to it not being a random act,” Leather said. He added that police believe he acted alone.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described it as “a terrible situation” also Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil told reporters “this is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”
In Canada, it’s illegal to possess an unregistered gun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon . Purchasing a weapon requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks.