Police: Canadian Mass Shooter Killed 9 of 22 Victims by Setting Fire to Their Homes

At least 13 killed in Canada rampage, suspect dead
AFP/ Tim Krochak

The attacker who murdered 22 victims in Nova Scotia on April 18-19, 2020, killed nearly half those victims with fire rather than firearms.

On April 20, 2020, Breitbart News reported 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman dressed as a police officer and killed at least 16 people during a shooting spree that stretched from Saturday night into late Sunday morning. The number of victims grew as police carried out their investigation, and now stands at 22.

Reuters reports Canadian police indicate the killer claimed nine of those 22 victims by setting their houses on fire and burning the victims to death.

StrayFM reports officers first responded to reports of the killings “in the rural seaside community of Portapique.” They arrived to find “a number of bodies on roads and several houses on fire.”

Canadian authorities have not yet reported what type of firearm(s) was used to the kill the 13 victims who were shot, nor have they reported the means of acquisition.

Two days after the Nova Scotia attack, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said he would seek a ban on “assault-style weapons.”

The Press Democrat quoted Trudeau telling reporters, “I can say that we were on the verge of introducing legislation to ban assault-style weapons across this country. It was interrupted when the pandemic caused Parliament to be suspended, but we have every intention of moving forward on that measure, and potentially other measures, when Parliament returns.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.



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