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Gunman kills at least 9 in rampage across Nova Scotia

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect into custody at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia on Sunday April 19, 2020. Canadian police arrested a suspect in an active shooter investigation after earlier saying he may have been driving a vehicle resembling a police car and wearing a police uniform.
Gabriel Wortman
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
A shooting rampage took place in Novia Scotia on Sunday, April 19. Authorities identified the suspected shooter as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman.

By Kristina Sgueglia, Paula Newton, Josh Campbell and Susannah Cullinane, CNN

 (CNN) -- At least nine people were killed, including one Mountie, during a weekend shooting rampage in small-town Nova Scotia.

At a media conference Sunday evening, police described chaos with multiple 911 calls coming in late Saturday at a property in Portapique, Nova Scotia.

"When police arrived at the scene, the members located several casualties inside and outside of the home," Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Chief Superintendent Chris Leather told reporters.

Police said they are not certain how many people died or were injured.

The deceased officer was identified as Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and 23-year veteran of the RCMP.

Leather said a search for the suspect lasted overnight and led them to several crime scenes, miles apart. The suspect was eventually spotted late Sunday morning at a truck stop several miles away from the crime scene.

"The search for the suspect ended this morning when the suspect was located and I can confirm that he is deceased," said Leather.

Nova Scotia RCMP identified the suspected gunman as Gabriel Wortman, 51. He eluded police for several hours overnight Sunday as fires were reported in many locations in the area.

The manhunt was complicated by the fact that the suspect is believed to have been wearing as least part of what looked to be an RCMP uniform, and may have been driving a vehicle made to look like a police car, Leather said.

"Of course that's an important element in the investigation, the fact that this individual had a uniform and a police car at his disposal certainly speaks to it not being a random act," Leather said.

A law enforcement told CNN earlier that authorities were searching half a dozen crime scenes, beginning in Portapique and stretching to Enfield, where the suspect was apprehended.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had warned the public on Twitter that Wortman may have been wearing a RCMP uniform and driving a silver Chevrolet Tracker that appeared to be a police vehicle. But they clarified that he was not employed by the RCMP.

As they chased the gunman, police told residents to stay inside and lock their doors, warning that he was considered "armed and dangerous."

Stephen McNeil, the Premier of Nova Scotia, called the shooting spree "one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province's history."

At a media conference on Covid-19, he told reporters: "I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, "Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the shooting," adding "we're keeping all of you in our thoughts."

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