‘Hearts broken’: Identities of victims in Nova Scotia shootings start to emerge

Amid expressions of grief and condolences from a shocked public, police in Nova Scotia focused on the grim task Monday of piecing together the events of one of the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history.At least 17 people are dead after a rampage across northern Nova Scotia this weekend. The shooter, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman — who had donned a police uniform — was killed after police intercepted him at a gas station in Enfield, N.S., on Sunday.Among the dead is RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the national police force and a mother of two. Also killed was Debert Elementary school teacher Lisa McCully.“Nova Scotia is devastated,” Halifax Mayor Mike Savage wrote on Twitter on Monday morning. “As we wait for more details of this horrific crime there is an ominous silence that is unprecedented in my lifetime.”“This will not define us as a Province, but it has shaken us to our core.”Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Paul Wozney identified McCully as one of the dead in a Facebook post."9300 NSTU hearts are broken along with those of her colleagues and students at Debert Elementary, as well as her family and friends who knew her not only as a passionate teacher but as a shining love in their lives," he wrote.RCMP say they were initially called to reports of a man with firearms in the small community of Portapique, N.S., on Saturday night.There, officers found numerous people dead or wounded, both inside and outside a property. But Chief Insp. Chris Leather said Sunday that by the time police arrived, the shooter was gone.An hours-long manhunt and eventual police chase ensued across a swath of the Maritime province, with officers providing periodic updates about the suspect's whereabouts.Leather said the killings appeared to be, “at least in part, very random in nature.”A Gabriel Wortman is listed as a denturist in Dartmouth, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website. A suspect photo issued by the RCMP matched video footage of a man being interviewed about dentures by CTV Atlantic in 2014.Portapique residents who spoke with media either said they did not know Wortman personally, or knew him in passing as a part-time resident who divided time between the Halifax area and his properties in the community.Premier Stephen McNeil described the massacre as “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history.”In a series of tweets, he added that all Nova Scotians would be affected by the tragedy."It's okay to feel sad, or angry, or hopeless," he wrote. "But what's not okay is to bear all of those feelings alone. Reach out to a loved one, a friend, a neighbour. And if you need more support, that’s okay too. The provincial crisis line is available 24/7: 1-888-429-8167.”More to come

‘Hearts broken’: Identities of victims in Nova Scotia shootings start to emerge

Amid expressions of grief and condolences from a shocked public, police in Nova Scotia focused on the grim task Monday of piecing together the events of one of the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history.

At least 17 people are dead after a rampage across northern Nova Scotia this weekend.

The shooter, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman — who had donned a police uniform — was killed after police intercepted him at a gas station in Enfield, N.S., on Sunday.

Among the dead is RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the national police force and a mother of two. Also killed was Debert Elementary school teacher Lisa McCully.

“Nova Scotia is devastated,” Halifax Mayor Mike Savage wrote on Twitter on Monday morning. “As we wait for more details of this horrific crime there is an ominous silence that is unprecedented in my lifetime.”

“This will not define us as a Province, but it has shaken us to our core.”

Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Paul Wozney identified McCully as one of the dead in a Facebook post.

"9300 NSTU hearts are broken along with those of her colleagues and students at Debert Elementary, as well as her family and friends who knew her not only as a passionate teacher but as a shining love in their lives," he wrote.

RCMP say they were initially called to reports of a man with firearms in the small community of Portapique, N.S., on Saturday night.

There, officers found numerous people dead or wounded, both inside and outside a property. But Chief Insp. Chris Leather said Sunday that by the time police arrived, the shooter was gone.

An hours-long manhunt and eventual police chase ensued across a swath of the Maritime province, with officers providing periodic updates about the suspect's whereabouts.

Leather said the killings appeared to be, “at least in part, very random in nature.”

A Gabriel Wortman is listed as a denturist in Dartmouth, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website. A suspect photo issued by the RCMP matched video footage of a man being interviewed about dentures by CTV Atlantic in 2014.

Portapique residents who spoke with media either said they did not know Wortman personally, or knew him in passing as a part-time resident who divided time between the Halifax area and his properties in the community.

Premier Stephen McNeil described the massacre as “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history.”

In a series of tweets, he added that all Nova Scotians would be affected by the tragedy.

"It's okay to feel sad, or angry, or hopeless," he wrote. "But what's not okay is to bear all of those feelings alone. Reach out to a loved one, a friend, a neighbour. And if you need more support, that’s okay too. The provincial crisis line is available 24/7: 1-888-429-8167.”

More to come

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