At least 17 dead, including RCMP officer, in mass killing in Nova Scotia

RCMP says at least 17 people have been killed, including one of their own officers, after a man went on a deadly rampage in Nova Scotia.

Police say the alleged shooter, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, travelled across northern parts of the province over the weekend and fatally shot 16 people.

Among the dead is RCMP officer Const. Heidi Stevenson and elementary school teacher Lisa McCully.

It is one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian History.

Police say at one point Wortman was wearing an RCMP uniform.

The rampage began in the small community of Portapique, N.S., on Saturday night.

Officers responded to reports of a man with a gun and located several people dead or wounded both inside and outside of a property.

By the time police arrived on scene, the shooter was gone which prompted an hours-long manhunt.

Police warned residents in the community to stay inside their homes and hide in their basements.

The pursuit ended Sunday night after police intercepted Wortman at a gas station in Enfield, N.S. where he was shot and killed by officers. His death is now being investigated by a police watchdog.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil called the incident “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.”

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