Two people observe the flowers of a memorial on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Headquarters, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada April 20, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris
(1) – Canadian police have been but to decide a motive for the nation’s worst mass shooting, as the death toll from the 13-hour carnage over the weekend climbed to 23 from 19, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) mentioned on Tuesday.
The RCMP had mentioned on Monday it anticipated the variety of victims to enhance as it investigates the 16 crime scenes within the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia that have been a part of the spree of murders, a number of of which included burnt-out properties.
The gunman, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, who at one level masqueraded as an RCMP officer and disguised his automobile to appear like a police cruiser, shattered the peace of rural communities throughout a rampage that began late on Saturday, authorities mentioned on Sunday.
He was shot by police at midday on Sunday. Police didn’t say if he was counted among the many 23 lifeless.
The youngest amongst these killed was 17 years outdated, police mentioned on Tuesday. A number of the victims have been recognized to the gunman however others weren’t. A veteran police officer, a trainer and a nurse have been among the many lifeless.
Police mentioned on Tuesday they’d data that different members of the general public have been injured.
The RCMP mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday that the gunman had been sporting an genuine police uniform. His look as a legit officer has been credited with easing his motion across the province throughout the shooting spree.
“The investigative workforce is concentrated on studying extra about this very tragic scenario, together with correct sufferer data and whether or not others could have aided the suspect,” the RCMP assertion mentioned.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil advised a information convention on Tuesday that Canada’s legal professional normal advised him the army was helping within the RCMP’s investigation.
Reporting by Moira Warburton in Toronto; Enhancing by Denny Thomas and Peter Cooney