Coronavirus temporarily made us forget that we have more than one deadly plagues in this world. On Sunday, a 51-year-old man gunned down at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.
The scene was described to be straight out of an action movie as the authorities chased him around for one hour and he dressed up as a police officer to escape the crime scene. However, he was arrested soon after that and the police said that he died on the hunt.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrived after receiving a firearms call on Saturday night at a residential area in Portapique which consists of about 100 people. Upon arrival, they found that several people had been killed or injured in the town but the shooter was nowhere to be found.
The search for him continued throughout the night and RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said that police raided plenty of buildings, including the ones that were on fire. In the morning, the suspect’s identity was matched to a white Canadian citizen Gabriel Wortman and the police discovered that he fled the crime scene in a disguise by taking an RCMP car.
On Sunday morning, Wortman was caught dead but the authorities did not give much information on how that happened. Later, Leather said that the officers were “involved in terminating the threat” and at one point, a shootout occurred.
An RCMP spokesperson confirmed to AP late on Sunday that 16 people, not including Wortman, had been killed in the rampage. A police officer, Constable Heidi Stevenson, is among the dead.
The motive for murders has not been revealed yet as the criminal killed several people on multiple sites. Officials said that there was no relationship between the victims and the assailant so they are still investigating the rampage.
"The 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 during a press conference.