| Death toll in Nova Scotia mass killing rises to 23 in five towns |
A vehicle parked on Wortman's property in Dartmouth on Monday looks similar to the Ford Taurus that police identified as being used during his rampage.
Police uniform, mock RCMP cruiser key parts of N.S. shooting investigation
a group of people standing in front of a sign: Workers at an extended care facility show their community support in Debert,
N.S. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.© Provided by The Canadian Press Workers at an extended care facility show their community support in Debert, N.S. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
HALIFAX — The number of people who died in a rampage by a Halifax man impersonating an RCMP officer has risen to 23, including a 17-year-old, with bodies found in five Nova Scotia communities.
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A release today by the RCMP confirms the murders began in Portapique, on Cobequid Bay, and that when police arrived they discovered several casualties inside and outside of a home.
Police say they are working at 16 specific locations in Portapique, Wentworth, Debert, Shubenacadie, Milford and Enfield to gather evidence and learn more about what occurred.
They have previously stated that there were five building fires at various locations and bodies have been recovered from those crime scenes.
Some of the victims were known and targeted by Gabriel Wortman, a 51-year-old denturist who police have named as the shooter, while others were not known to him.
The incident began at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday when a firearms call came in, and ended at around noon on Sunday when police shot and killed Wortman at a gas station in Enfield, N.S.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2020.
Canadian Press 4/21/2020