Canada finds itself reeling from the country’s worst mass shooting in history.
Gabriel Wortman, a Nova Scotia denture-fitter whose business was temporarily shattered by the coronavirus pandemic, planned his rampage before killing his ex-girlfriend, her new boyfriend, and dragging a Mountie (a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) from her car and executing her.
The death toll is now at 18, but more may surface since Wortman set fire to homes, including his own, along his 14-hour road of destruction.
“We believe there may be victims still within the remains of those homes which burnt to the ground,’’ said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Superintendent Chris Leather.
According to the NY Post, “The mass murderer — who had been obsessed with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since high school — wore an RCMP uniform and drove around in a decommissioned cop car for part of his siege,’ officials said.
“Authorities said he drove around that night knocking on residents’ doors and pulling over drivers to find victims.”
Those that crossed the 51-year-old’s path were met with gunfire, ultimately succumbing to the reign of bullets.
Victims that were killed included a “mom and dad [shot dead] in front of their own children,” as well as RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of Canada’s famed police force, who Wortman reportedly pulled from her car and shot in the chest after she rammed his vehicle with hers, trying to stop him.
Other victims included a fellow dentist and two front-line healthcare workers, the Post reports. Wortman destroyed anything and anyone who came across his path, which included setting fire to five abodes and some vehicles as he murdered people within a 30-mile radius.
He was later killed at a gas station from a hail of police bullets.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the bloodshed had rocked the nation to its core.
“The vast majority of Nova Scotians will have a direct link with one or more of the victims,’’ he said. “The entire province and country is grieving right now as we come to grips with something that is unimaginable.’’