RCMP in NS says there are now “In excess of 19 victims” confirmed dead in the Nova Scotia shooting rampage and they expect that number to rise as crime scenes are reported and examined.
The shooter, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up cruiser as he went on a killing spree across northern Nova Scotia.
The victims include RCMP Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year member of the force and mother of two. A male officer was also wounded.
“Heidi answered the call of duty and lost her life while protecting those she served.”Lee Bergerman, Nova Scotia RCMP Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner
Because of multiple crime scenes police are still piecing together what happened.
“Some of these crime scenes we’ve not even begun to process, and as I said, it’s an ongoing investigation,” Insp. Chris Leather told reporters.
The search led to multiple buildings that were being consumed by fire, a series of murder scenes that have yet to be cleared.
Jamie Blair and Greg Blair both lost their lives to the shooter.
Chief Supt. Lee Bergerman said that “what has unfolded… is incomprehensible.”
“Countless families are in mourning today… the impact of this incident will extend from one end of the province to the other. As Nova Scotians, we have to do what we’re known for, and come together in times of need and support each other.”
Update: April, 20 2020
River Radio is currently in a news conference with the NS RCMP. We will provide another update after the conference ends.