Gabriel Wortman Bio – Wiki
Gabriel Wortman has been identified as a man who was shot dead after killing at least 16 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, in a rural Nova Scotia, Canada, Canada, CTV News reports. Authorities said RCMP officer, Constable Heidi Stevenson, was killed and another officer was injured, but he is expected to survive.
He was 51 years old.
Nova Scotia Shooting
The mass shooting rampage began late Saturday, April 18, in Portapique, and ended Sunday, April 19, at a gas station in Enfield. Police have not said exactly how many people were killed or wounded during the 12-hour incident, which also included numerous fires to buildings and vehicles.
Authorities said the killings occurred in multiple locations across the northern part of the province of Nova Scotia. Police do not believe anyone else was involved in the shootings and they are not looking for additional suspects.
According to his former classmates, Gabe Wortman graduated from Riverview High School in Riverview, New Brunswick, in 1986. He also has family ties to Moncton, New Brunswick. Authorities said they are not yet aware if he was known to police or had any criminal history. Police also said they do not know yet if Wortman had a history of violence or hateful opinions.
Gabriel Wortman Killed 16 People
Wortman is accused of fatally shooting RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, officials said at a Sunday press conference. Details of the shooting incident have not been released. Stevenson was a 23-year veteran of the RCMP and is survived by her husband and two children, officials said.
“Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Lee Bergerman said at a Sunday press conference. “Earlier this afternoon I met with Heidi’s family and there are no words to describe their pain.
Two children have lost their mother and a husband has lost his wife. Parents have lost their daughter and countless others lost an incredible friend and colleague. Heidi’s family is a part of the RCMP family and we will embrace and support them in the days and weeks and months ahead.”
A 2015 photo shared on Facebook by the RCMP in Nova Scotia shows Stevenson walking across a crosswalk at a school while accompanied by several young students. Keith Brumwell wrote in the comments, “Heidi was one of my students when I taught at the RCMP academy in Regina. She is a great example as an officer for the RCMP.”
A male officer was injured and remain hospitalized Sunday with non-life-threatening injuries, Bergerman told reporters. He was not identified.
Brian Sauve, president of the National Police Federation, the union for RCMP officers, told The National Post, “It’s a heroic decision to dedicate your life to the safety of Canadians and then it’s only more so if you end up giving an ultimate sacrifice as this member did today.”
#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. pic.twitter.com/yyeOeBt8Ui
— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) April 19, 2020
Another victim of the shooting has been identified as Lisa McCully. Her sister, Jenny Kierstead, wrote on Facebook, “This is so hard to write but many of you will want to know. Our hearts are broken today as we attempt to accept the loss of my sister, Lisa McCully, who was one of the victims of the mass shooting in Portapique last night. Our condolences go out to the other family members who are affected by this tragedy. Thank you for your support, it’s a hard day.”
Wortman Shot Dead By Police
The active-shooter situation began Saturday night, April 19, when Nova Scotia RCMP officers received multiple calls of a firearms incident at a residence in Portapique in Colchester County, Leather said at a press conference Sunday.
Several casualties were found inside and outside of the home, but no suspect was found, according to Leather. “This was a very quickly evolving situation and a chaotic scene. Many units responded, including emergency response teams and police dog services,” he said.
Beware: Active shooter situation is ongoing in Portapique, N.S. Residents are being told to stay inside & lock your doors. https://t.co/jcKyIxthJa
— Jesse Thomas (@jessethomas21) April 19, 2020
A gunman in Canada posing as a police officer has killed 16 people after a 12-hour shooting rampage across Nova Scotia in the worst act of mass murder the country has seen in modern times.
Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique, police said, and several homes were set on fire. Bodies were found at other locations and one police officer was also among the dead.
Officials said the gunman, named as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, died after shooting people in several locations across the province. By Sunday night, the death toll had risen to 16, plus the gunman, who died during a standoff with police. Authorities believe he may have targeted the first victims before going on to commit random attacks.
Authorities said Wortman was driving what appeared to be a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) car and was wearing a uniform but later reported he was at the wheel of a Chevrolet SUV that had been modified to resemble a police vehicle – “one that he has basically made himself”, said Brian Sauvé, president of the National Police Federation. Police have said the suspect was not an employee or officer with the RCMP.