Twenty-two people died in the shooting that went on for more than 13 hours on April 18 and 19.e. One of those shot was also pregnant at the time of her death.
A blanket warrant used by RCMP investigators to request access to Wortman’s Amazon account describes numerous online purchases he made in the year before the tragedy.
The document is largely redacted due to the ongoing RCMP investigation into the crimes of the gunman – nicknamed H-Strong.
The warrant request includes a statement made to an RCMP officer by an anonymous acquaintance of Wortman.
In the statement, the witness, who claims to be from New Brunswick, told the RCMP sergeant. Fraser Firth said that “Gabriel must have thought about it for a long time with the police car and powerful guns.”
As to the 51-year-old’s firearms, previous court documents revealed that a witness told the RCMP that he “acquired firearms from a deceased friend.”
RCMP said Wortman was in possession of two semi-automatic handguns and two semi-automatic rifles when he left the Portapique area of Nova Scotia on April 18.
A firearm has been found in Canada. Investigators believe the other three weapons were obtained in the United States.
The warrant released today indicates that a search of Canadian firearms databases revealed that the shooter’s weapons were not registered.
The document also states that an earlier warrant granting the RCMP access to the gunman’s PayPal account found a series of purchases of items related to police cars dating from March 2019.
These purchases include:
- A 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Taurus Plus Model HAVIS Police Center Console
A Taurus Sedan Police Interceptor push bumper bar
Rear window armor bars
LED light bar
And a Ford Explorer Taurus Police 18 ‘2013-2019 wheel cover hub.
It appears from the list that he also purchased various stickers and decals used to make his disused RCMP vehicle look real.
According to details previously released in court documents, the gunman purchased several old police cars by credit card from GCSurplus Ottawa, operated by Public Services and Procurement Canada.
The general warrant application released today indicates that one of those vehicles, purchased on July 3, 2019 by the gunman, a 2017 Ford Taurus, was the vehicle he used on April 18 and 19.e.
According to the RCMP, before any vehicle is sent to GCSurplus for disposal, the RCMP ensures that police equipment such as radios, sirens and lights are removed.
An RCMP spokesperson said equipment removed from vehicles was either reused by the RCMP or rendered unusable before being sold as scrap metal. Decals are also removed.
Canada’s financial intelligence agency FINTRAC has reported some of Wortman’s PayPal transactions, including his purchases of vehicle accessories on eBay. He prepared a Suspicious Transaction Report (DOS) regarding these purchases, and others, the details of which have been largely redacted. It also included credit card transactions associated with Wortman, to purchase items from GCSurplus, totaling over $ 15,000.
Investigators also gained access to one of Wortman’s email accounts, and details of various correspondence are revealed in the warrant request.
An email exchange came in June 2019, from a company called only “American Vinyl,” which rejected the shooter’s request as to whether the company would make a “full set of decals for a Ford Taurus RCMP sedan … ”
The company’s response: “Hi Gabe! The RCMP sedan decals will be a pass for us as we try to move away from custom orders… ”
Previous documents and RCMP statements indicated that Wortman had gone to an unnamed business so far on July 3, 2019 to purchase “sheets of reflective and sapphire blue vinyl.”
Documents from the Parole Board of Canada show the man who made the decals for the gunman was a convicted drug dealer and was returned to jail when his role in the April mass shooting was discovered .
These documents indicate that Peter Alan Griffon was questioned by police as part of their investigation into the shootings and that he initially lied about the production of the decals.
After executing a search warrant, police found a copy of the completed work on Griffon’s phone.
A month before the mass shooting in Nova Scotia, the killer also emailed an acquaintance talking about COVID-19 and being “well armed” for the pandemic.
The recipient’s name and email address are redacted.
The document said the post “was about how huge the virus was and how people didn’t face something as big as it was.”
He goes on to say the killer – “said he was not optimistic and that once the money runs out people will get desperate and people will need guns and” thank goodness we are well armed ”.
Earlier documents detail how the shooter started cashing in his assets and investments from March 20th. He then went to a CIBC branch, spoke to the branch manager and asked to withdraw $ 475,000 in $ 100 bills. Arrangements were then made to collect the cash in two packages at a location in Brinks.
The warrant request states that it is believed the shooter did not have a cell phone and that any device used to communicate via email was burned in the fires he started on his properties in Portapique on the night of April 18.
The document released Monday was released to the public by order of Judge Laurel Halfpenny-MacQuarrie in an ongoing request by multiple media outlets, including CTV Atlantic. Media organizations are asking the Nova Scotia Provincial Court to release more information on the warrants and other documents used in the investigation into the mass shooting in April.