According to the RCMP, Gabriel Wortman, 51, was looking for a connection to an active shooting incident that occurred Saturday in the rural community of Portapique, Nova Scotia.
Authorities said there were “more than one victim” in the shooting, but did not specify the number or extent of the injuries.
Authorities have urged Canadians to watch Wortman, whom they describe as a white, bald, green-eyed man about 6 feet 2 to 3 inches tall. They also warned that he appeared to be traveling south in a car that looked like an RCMP vehicle and he may have been wearing an RCMP uniform.
The RCMP then announced that Wortman was in detention approximately an hour and a half later. It is not known whether he was arrested or simply detained.
Gabriel Wortman, suspect in an investigation into an active shooter, was last seen south on Route 102 from #Brookfield in what appears to be an RCMP vehicle and can wear an RCMP uniform. The suspect’s car is 28B11, behind the rear window. If you see 28B11, call 911.
– RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) April 19, 2020
Tom Taggert, regional councilor for the Municipality of Colchester, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that Portapique is a “beautiful, quiet rural community” with 100 to 250 inhabitants.
“There are a lot of people who are very concerned,” he told CBC on Sunday. “I know there is a huge police presence and that should make people relatively comfortable. “