Canada’s worst-ever mass shooting was committed with guns from Maine

Canada’s worst-ever mass shooting was committed with guns from Maine

A memorial pays tribute to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and a 23-year veteran of the force, along the highway in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. HOULTON, Maine — Gabriel Wortman crossed the border from Woodstock, New Brunswick, into Houlton, Maine, on April 25, 2019. Several days later, he returned into Canada, having managed to smuggle a semi-automatic Colt AR-15-style gun with him. A year later, he would use it and other guns to commit the worst mass-shooting in Canadian history. The 2020 Nova Scotia attacks, which started in the small town of Portapique, Nova Scotia, before moving to several other towns in the province, ended in the deaths of 23 people, including 51-year-old Wortman. The gunman had committed the killing spree by impersonating a police officer. He drove around in a vehicle made to resemble a Royal Canadian Mounted Police police car to multiple towns picking off his victims before being killed by RCMP officers at an Irving Big Stop in Enfield, 50 miles south of Portapique. While Wortman used a variety of guns to commit the mass shooting, including some obtained illegally in Canada, three of the guns used, including the AR-15-style gun, were acquired by Wortman while visiting Maine. Recently unsealed court documents from Nova Scotia show how Wortman had strong ties to Houlton, and made frequent trips to the area prior to the closure of the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relative ease with […]

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