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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 that knew the gunman are “very surprised’, “shocked”, had a “sense of humour” and say he a ‘mild mannered’ person. But what is unfolding is a nightmare. Why, we may never find out when all is said and done.

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 killed 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 a Portapique, neighbourhood and 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 like 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 at point were the event ended that there was 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 that 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 move 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]




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Active shooting incident in Airdrie – Multiple injuries from BB guns

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From Airdrie RCMP

Airdrie RCMP investigate reports of an active shooter

Airdrie RCMP are currently investigating an incident which has lead to multiple people injured from at least 6 different locations.
At this time it appears that BB guns were used in the “shootings”. One person is in custody and RCMP are looking for the others involved.
RCMP has businesses in a “Shelter in place” in the downtown core. Anyone in the downtown/midtown communities are asked to stay inside.
This is an unfolding situation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
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RCMP looking for suspect in connection to robbery and kidnapping

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Ponoka RCMP lay charges after social media meeting results in kidnapping – Female Wanted

The Ponoka RCMP have laid charges and made arrests against two males and a female following a 911 complaint of a kidnapping, beating and robbery which occurred on Sept. 7.

At 4:23 a.m. on Sept. 7, Ponoka RCMP were alerted to the above incident which was reported to have occurred, hours earlier, in Ponoka.  Investigation reveals that a 22-year-old male victim from Slave Lake met a female online, and after almost a year of online communication, agreed to meet her.  The male got into a vehicle, determined to be previously stolen, with the female in Ponoka.

Allegations are that the while in the vehicle, the male was assaulted by two unknown males, one of whom had a gun.  Over a lengthy period, the male was driven to several banks where he was forced to provide his banking information in order for withdrawals to be made from his accounts. The victim’s truck and cell phone was stolen, and he was eventually dropped off in Blackfalds.

Ponoka RCMP General Investigation Section members collaborated with Red Deer and Blackfalds RCMP to coordinate intelligence on this incident. The suspects were identified as Amber Loretta Knickle (21), Jared Michael Mcleod (26) and Chasetin Jon Arthur Morin (25).  Charges were sworn against all three subjects. An arrest warrant was issued for Knickle on Sept. 9 and for Mcleod and Morin on Sept. 15.

Knickle is charged with robbery, while Mcleod and Morin are charged with robbery with a firearm (x2), kidnapping and assault.

On Sept. 16 at 11:58 a.m., the Central Alberta District Crime Reduction Unit located a stolen vehicle in Gasoline Alley, and with assistance from Blackfalds RCMP, arrested Jared Mcleod and Chasetin Morin, who were both in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle incidental to arrest led the RCMP to recover an imitation firearm, a loaded shotgun, ammunition, methamphetamine, and at least 61 pieces of miscellaneous stolen identity documents.  Charges are pending.

At the time of his arrest, Morin was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Red Deer for an earlier incident where he fled from police while driving the victim’s stolen truck.

The RCMP have been unable to locate Amber Loretta Knickle and are seeking public assistance.  Amber is described as:

–          Caucasian female

–          5’3” tall / 119 lbs.

–          Blonde / brown hair and green eyes

–          Unknown tattoo on one of her fingers

If you have information about the whereabouts of Amber Knickle, please contact the Ponoka RCMP at 403-783-4472 or call your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at ( or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.

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