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Nova Scotia shooting rampage by ‘quiet man’, Gabriel Wortman, now worst one in Canadian History

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Neighbours, customers, people who knew the gunman are “very surprised’, “shocked”.  They say he had a “sense of humour” and was a ‘mild mannered’ person. But what is unfolding is a nightmare.

Gabriel Wortman (51), a specialist denturist went on a 12-hour murderous rampage that left at least 16 people dead. There are numerous crime scenes with burnt houses, burnt cars and possible stolen cars.

The shocking death toll has made Wortman Canada’s deadliest mass-murderer.

Cst Heidi Stevenson

Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said at a press conference, “Today is a devastating day for Nova Scotia and it will remain etched in the minds of many, for years to come.’  Emotionally continuing, “What has unfolded overnight and into this morning is incomprehensible and many families are experiencing the loss of a loved one.”

One of the victims was a 21-year RCMP veteran Constable, Heidi Stevenson, a married mother of two. Another police member is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

911 calls started to come in late on Saturday night from Portapique.  12-hours later it ended at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, after a police shoot-out that ended with Wortman dead and at least 16 other souls. Calls came in about a man dressed in a police uniform, driving what look like a police car.

The RCMP, Nova Scotia @RCMPNS’s Twitted out this photo and this message early on Sunday morning, “#Colchester: Gabriel Wortman may be driving what appears to be an RCMP vehicle & may be wearing an RCMP uniform. There’s 1 difference btwn his car and our RCMP vehicles: the car #. The suspect’s car is 28B11, behind rear passenger window. If you see 28B11 call 911 immediately.”

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said, “This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history,” adding “I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia.”

 

RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said, “That fact that this individual had a uniform and a police car at his disposal certainly speaks to it not being a random act,” He added that police believe he acted alone and many of the victims did not know the shooter.

Leather confirmed the event ended with an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police. There were half a dozen police vehicles at the scene of a gas station where the suspect was shot.

There are currently no known motives for the killings. A past girlfriend of Wortman’s from 20-years ago, who did not want to be identified, said today, “When I heard his name and saw his face on TV my heart sunk to my feet.” Explaining that, “I got chills thinking what, why would he kill all those people? He was a good person, he worked hard, people liked him, it just makes no sense, I can’t believe he did what he did – I feel so bad for all the victim’s families”

She said that during their year and a half together, “I saw no guns, there was no aggression or violence.” She said, “The only time I ever saw him really mad or angry, was when we broke up and I moved to western Canada.” Adding, “We had talked about getting married, having kids, he wanted me to work at his denture clinic. Adding, “Gab had a lot of things by the time he was out of his 20’s. He had businesses, houses, apartment buildings, a sailboat and many other toys for a young man.” Continuing, “I was young (22) and wasn’t ready to to settle down.” Now talking through tears, “It is like yesterday, I remember what he told me, when I broke-up with him and that I was leaving the province.” Explaining that it gave her chills thinking about it, “He was angry at me, he told me that I was making a huge mistake, that he would take care of me and that one day I would regret that I could have had all of this.”  Now 20-years later in Alberta, with two children, “Just the thought of my life now, my kids, my family back home and what ‘all of this’ would have meant today?”

A staff member from the medical examiner’s office removes a body from the gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

The RCMP have an email address set up so Canadians and others mourning the loss of a member’s death in the line of duty; [email protected] https://www.todayville.com/edmonton/canada-has-lost-an-rcmp-member-in-the-line-of-duty-commanding-officers-statement/

 

Artwork courtesy from; www.SilviaPecota.com

 

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Alberta

Male suspect involved in tragic incident between Beaumont and Edmonton sought by police; EPS release photos of suspect

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News release from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS)

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is assisting the RCMP with the investigation into a tragic incident that claimed the life of an innocent woman last night on 50 Street.

Yesterday, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:40 p.m. various EPS resources were deployed to the area of 50 Street and 22 Avenue SW at the request of the RCMP. It was reported to police that RCMP attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspicious U-Haul in Beaumont, when the vehicle fled. The U-Haul subsequently travelled north on 50 Street into Edmonton, where it struck and killed a woman inspecting the exterior of her vehicle. Moments later the U-Haul came to rest just outside a gas station off of 22 Avenue and 50 Street.

After crashing the U-Haul, the male suspect then reportedly stole a Honda Civic that was parked outside the gas station with a child inside. Police did consider an Alert to the public at the time, though thankfully the child was located unharmed in the area of 66 Street and 25 Avenue minutes later. The suspect then fled the scene in the Honda Civic. The stolen vehicle has since been recovered outside of Edmonton.

The EPS and RCMP continue to actively seek the identity and whereabouts of the male suspect described as being approximately 5’11” who was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes. CCTV photos of the suspect are included below.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the tragic death of the innocent woman who was killed on 50 Street,” says Det. Nigel Phillips with the EPS Investigative Response Team. “Our hearts are with her family and friends who will now have to carry on with this unfathomable loss.”

“We are doing everything we can to track down the suspect and we trust the public will help us identify and locate him as soon as possible.”

Assist to identify and locate: Male suspect running in area of 50 Street & 22 Avenue SW
While the RCMP is leading this investigation, the EPS is assisting and working collaboratively with its law enforcement partners.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity and/or their whereabouts is asked to contact the EPS immediately at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Suspect in stolen vehicle kills one and seriously injures another in wild chase

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News release from Beaumont RCMP

Beaumont RCMP seeking public assistance in locating suspect in fatal collision

On Feb. 24, 2024, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Beaumont RCMP located a person suspected of theft, in a parked 15-foot cube moving truck, at a business on 50 Street in Beaumont. When members approached the truck and attempted an arrest, one male driver and one female passenger rammed into a police vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. Patrols were initiated to find the truck and, a short time later, it was observed on 50 Street and Highway 814 in Beaumont at a high rate of speed.

Meanwhile, Edmonton Police Service’s (EPS) Air One Helicopter was notified and provided its location to RCMP members. Multiple surrounding RCMP detachments, including Leduc and Strathcona, responded to assist. As the truck was driving into Edmonton, a tire deflation device was deployed by RCMP, disabling multiple civilian vehicles. Consequently, an adult female exited one of the civilian vehicles and was fatally struck by the suspect truck. The truck failed to stop and continued driving into Edmonton.

The suspect vehicle then collided with another civilian vehicle, leaving an adult male in serious non-life-threatening condition. The truck was located at 50 Street and 22 Avenue in Southwest Edmonton.

Further investigation revealed that the driver of the truck, an adult male, then proceeded to steal a parked 2020 Honda Civic at a nearby convenience store. This vehicle contained a child who was safely recovered and reunited with his family a short time later. The male suspect has yet to be located.

No other members of the public or officers were injured during this incident.

“On behalf of the RCMP, I would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family members of the victim,” said Superintendent Leanne MacMillian, Assistant Central Alberta District Officer. “This is a devastating incident that will leave a mark on family and friends for years to come. Please understand that you will be in our thoughts as we progress through this investigation.”

In compliance with legislative requirements, the Director of Law Enforcement was immediately notified causing the deployment of ASIRT to conduct an independent investigation. The RCMP believes in accountability and transparency and in so doing will provide full support to the ASIRT investigators and also conduct its own internal review.  Events like this are difficult for the communities in which they occur, as well as the general public and RCMP officers involved. RCMP officers recognize the trust placed in them to use force that is necessary, proportional and reasonable and in so doing remain fully accountable.

The RCMP are actively investigating this occurrence and are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a stolen, dark grey 4-door Honda Civic with Alberta license place E98-099. The vehicle was stolen by a male suspect described as being approximately 5’11’’ and was last seen wearing a black hoodie with white text on the front, brown shorts and black shoes.

If you have any information about this crime or those responsible, you are asked to contact the Beaumont RCMP at 780-929-7400. If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1‐800‐222‐8477 (TIPS), by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

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