Death Toll Could Rise in Nova Scotia as Investigation Into Rampage Continues

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
April 20, 2020Updated: April 21, 2020

HALIFAX—The death toll from a killing rampage in Nova Scotia could rise in the coming days.

Nineteen people were confirmed dead as of yesterday following Sunday’s tragedy, but police expect the number of victims to go up.

Police say the 16 crime scenes include five burned buildings where it is feared additional bodies will be found inside.

RCMP Chief Supt. Chris Leather said he expects the number of victims to increase in the days ahead.

The murder and arson rampage finally ended when active shooter Gabriel Wortman was shot dead Sunday by RCMP officers in Enfield, N.S., next to the gas pumps at a service station.

The RCMP opted to use its Twitter account to provide updates during the active shooter investigation.

Premier Stephen McNeil said the province’s emergency alert system wasn’t used because no request was received.