Several people were victims of a shooting in Nova Scotia which, according to Canadian police, was carried out on Sunday by a man possibly disguised as a constable.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the shooting was reported on Saturday night in the tiny town of Portapique. The police did not say whether the victims were injured or dead. They scheduled a press conference at 6 p.m. local time to post more information.
Police identified Gabriel Wortman, 51, as a suspect approximately nine hours after a first tweet around midnight, asking people to avoid the Portapique area and stay inside while police respond to an arms complaint fire.
About three hours later, police tweeted that he had been arrested at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Witnesses saw a body lying at the gas station, according to the Associated Press. The police did not immediately comment on the identity.
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“My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible situation,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Police also tweeted overnight that they were responding to an “active shooter situation.”
After police identified Wortman as a suspect, they tweeted that he may be driving an RCMP vehicle and wearing an RCMP uniform. Police said he was not a gendarme.
A Gabriel Wortman is listed as a denturist in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website, the AP reported. A suspicious photo released by the RCMP is believed to be a video footage of a man interviewed about dentures by CTV Atlantic in 2014.
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Tom Taggart, a legislator for the Municipality of Colchester, said that the quiet community has been shaken.
“It is just an absolutely wonderful and peaceful community and the idea that it could happen in our community is incredible,” Taggart said by telephone from his home in Bass River, near the lockstation.
“People live here because of peace and tranquility and this is just an absolute tragedy,” he said.
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Taggart said he didn’t know Wortman well, but spoke to him a few times when he called on the subject of municipal issues.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.