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Gunman kills 16 in rampage, deadliest in Canadian history

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Posted at 7:41 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 21:48:14-04

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police say 16 people are dead plus the suspect after a shooting rampage across the province of Nova Scotia.

It was the deadliest shooting in Canada in 30 years.

The suspect was identified as Gabriel Wortman and authorities said he disguised himself as a police officer at one point and made his car look like a Royal Canadian Mounted Police cruiser.

He was arrested by the RCMP Sunday in a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia.

Several bodies were found inside and outside one home in the small, rural town of Portapique. Bodies were also found at other locations.

Several homes in the area were set on fire as well. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Daniel Brien confirmed that 16 people have been killed in addition to the shooter.

According to the Associated Press, mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada. Canada overhauled its gun-control laws after the country’s worst mass shooting in 1989, when gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college.