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Canadian mass shooter leaves 16 dead

Contsable Heidi Stevenson
The assault begun later late Sunday,with authorities believing that the shooter may have targeted the first victims,whose bodies were found inside and outside their home in the small,rural town of Portapique, before he begun attacking randomly.

Police identified the man believed to be the shooter as Gabriel Wortman, 51, who was thought to live part-time in Portapique and Halifax. Police had  first announced his arrest at a gas station in Einfield outside Halifax,but later said he had died.They did not however give details on his death.

A Gabriel Wortman is listed as a denturist,a person who makes dentures, in the city of Dartmouth, near Halifax, according to the Denturist Society of Nova Scotia website. A suspect photo issued by the RCMP appears to be of the same person seen in video footage being interviewed about dentures by CTV Atlantic in 2014.

Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada. The country overhauled its gun-control laws after gunman Marc Lepine killed 14 women and himself at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique college in 1989. Before this weekend’s rampage, that had been the country’s worst.

It is now illegal to possess an unregistered handgun or any kind of rapid-fire weapon in Canada. The country also requires training, a personal risk assessment, two references, spousal notification and criminal record checks to purchase a weapon.

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