UPDATE: RCMP report over 16 casualties in NS shooting rampage

RCMP sign. (BlackburnNews.com file photo)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said there are multiple victims including one of their officers following a shooting rampage in rural Nova Scotia on Saturday evening.

During a press conference on Sunday evening, police confirmed that Constable Heidi Stevenson was killed during an exchange of gunfire. Stevenson had served with the force for over 23 years. She leaves behind a husband and two children. Many local municipal leaders and police forces have expressed their condolences for Const. Stevenson and her family.

Police also reported that another officer was injured and is in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The RCMP in N.S. said the investigation is still in its early stages. At least 17 people are dead and police say there could be more victims as they continue to gather information. Officers also confirmed that the suspect, 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman is dead.

Police said they received 911 calls late Saturday evening of an active shooter in the area of Portapique, N.S. When officers arrived at the scene they discovered multiple victims inside and outside of the home. It wasn’t until early Sunday morning when police identified the suspected shooter as Wortman.

Later Sunday morning, police reported that Wortman was considered armed and dangerous and was reportedly driving a vehicle that looked like an RCMP cruiser and was wearing what appeared to be an RCMP uniform.

Just before noon on Sunday, RCMP announced that the suspect had been taken into custody near Enfield, N.S, 92 kilometres away from where the incident began.

RCMP said their focus right now is to gather as much information as they can. No other details including Wortman’s motive or the total number of victims have been released.