Philosopher Stefan Molyneux takes you on a dark journey through the 13-hour murder spree in northern Nova Scotia on April 18/19 that has claimed the lives of at least 22 people – including one of the police force’s constables – and ended with a possible “suicide by cop.”
You won’t believe what led up to the horrors…
SATURDAY APRIL 18
11:30 p.m. The RCMP in Nova Scotia report they are responding to a “firearms complaint” in the small rural town of Portapique. They say people should avoid the area and lock their doors.
Supt. Chris Leather later says officers arriving at the scene find “multiple casualties” both inside and outside of the home, but the shooter has vanished.
Christine Mills says it was a terrifying night for the small town, which suddenly filled with armed officers patrolling the streets. In the morning, helicopters flew overhead searching for the suspect.
The shooter’s whereabouts from midnight to around 8 a.m. on Sunday haven’t been determined.
SUNDAY APRIL 19
8 a.m. RCMP say they are still on the scene and describe the investigation as an “active shooter situation.” They tell residents to stay in their homes.
“You may not see the police, but we are there with you,” they say on Twitter.
8:55 a.m. Police publicly identify 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman as the suspected gunman and release his photo.
10:15 a.m. Police say Wortman may be wearing an RCMP uniform and be driving what appears to be an RCMP vehicle. They note the difference between his car and real RCMP vehicles is the number behind the rear passenger window.
10:20 a.m. RCMP say Wortman is in the Central Onslow and Debert area. They urge people to stay inside and avoid the area.
11 a.m. Police say Wortman was last seen travelling southbound on Highway 102 toward Halifax from the Brookfield area.
11:20 a.m. RCMP say Wortman has changed vehicles and is now in a silver SUV — a Chevrolet Tracker.
11:40 a.m. RCMP tweet that Wortman is now in custody. He was caught at a gas station in Enfield, N.S., where a body could be seen lying on the ground. A source familiar with the matter who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly later confirms to The Canadian Press that the suspect has died.
4:40 p.m. The union that represents RCMP officers says one of its members was killed in the rampage. It says another officer was injured.
6 p.m. RCMP hold a news conference and confirm that Const. Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the force, was killed in the course of the manhunt. They say a second police officer was wounded and is recovering. They also say “in excess of 10” people were killed in the rampage but are unable to give an exact number.
10 p.m. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki confirms in an email to The Canadian Press that 17 people are confirmed dead.
UPDATE: Twenty-two people, including a 17-yr-old, died. 5 “structural fires,” including vehicle fires, were also located after the fact.
RCMP are continuing their investigation into what happened. There are 16 crime scenes scattered across the province relating to the shootings, according to the RCMP.
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