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.
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.
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?”
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/
Assault prime suspect in Edmonton’s spike in violent crime
Edmonton seeing spike in violent assaults
Police are seeing a 27% increase in violence compared to Edmonton’s three-year average, driven largely by an increase in serious, violent assaults, including an 88% increase in assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm.
The Edmonton Police Service uses several indicators to measure crime across the city, such as violence, disorder and property crimes. Violence indicators include assault, robbery, sexual assault and homicide.
In July 2020, the Edmonton Police Service saw a 25% increase in violence indicators over July 2019. The July 2020 violence indicators saw an increase of 27% compared to the three-year average (July 2017-2019).
Of these indicators, assault was the main driver of the increase. More specifically, the category of assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm increased by 56% and aggravated assault increased by 43% in July 2020 over July 2019. Compared to the July three-year average (2017-2019), assault with a weapon or causing bodily harm increased 88% in July 2020, while aggravated assault increased 34% in July 2020.
Percent change: 2020 compared to 2019
|Assault – Aggravated||+36%||+16%||-19%||+3%||+43%|
|Assault – Bodily harm/weapon||+12%||+0.6%||+17%||+30%||+56%|
Percent change: 2020 compared to 3-year average (2017-2019)
|Assault – Aggravated||+55%||+34%||+21%||+48%||+34%|
|Assault – Bodily harm/weapon||+15%||+9%||+35%||+35%||+88%|
Since July 11, 2020, there have been eight suspicious deaths in Edmonton, five of which have been confirmed as homicides. August 6, 2020 was a particularly violent day for Edmonton, with two new death investigations opened by the Homicide Section. A violent, random assault also occurred at 98 Avenue and 104 Street at about 7:45 pm last night, when a male reportedly approached a female who was waiting in the passenger side of a parked vehicle, asked for money, and then stabbed her multiple times. She was taken to hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries. A 20-year-old male was taken into custody and is facing charges including aggravated assault, robbery, and possession of offensive weapon.
“While it’s difficult to speculate on why this is occurring, the increase in violent assaults is certainly concerning,” says Supt. Brad Doucette, with the EPS Criminal Investigations Division. “Especially when we see assaults with a weapon or causing bodily harm and aggravated assault on the rise – these are serious charges under the Criminal Code that are used when the victim’s life is put at risk.”
Serious assaults and calls for service involving weapons often require greater resources, including a larger officer response and more investigators. The EPS has pulled in resources from other investigative areas that remain stable or have seen decreases in workload in order to assist areas that are overtasked, such as Homicide Section.
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Police charge 13 year old in shooting death of 10 year old Central Alberta boy
From Maskwacis RCMP
RCMP Major Crimes Unit lay Manslaughter charge against youth
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have laid a manslaughter charge against a 14-year-old youth from Maskwacis following a death which was reported on August 5, 2020.
At 4:00 a.m., Maskwacis RCMP received a 911 call about a gunshot in a residence. Responding members, with EMS, located a 10-year-old boy deceased in the home. A youth who was present was taken into custody and the Major Crimes Unit was engaged to conduct the investigation.
Following an autopsy, the investigation led to a single charge of Manslaughter with a firearm was supported. The youth will be appearing in court on September 2, 2020 in Wetaskiwin. Neither the accused nor the victim will be named.
“Due to the nature of the circumstances surrounding this extremely tragic incident, including the delicate ages of the people involved, we won’t be providing further details” says Staff Sergeant Dwayne Moore, Acting Detachment Commander, Maskwacis RCMP. “Our focus is to continue to support the family and the community overall, which has been extremely impacted.”
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