At least 10 people have been killed, including a police officer after a shoot out.
This was after a gunman went on a shooting rampage in a Canadian town, officials have confirmed.
The shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, was shot and killed; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed in a press conference on Sunday.
He was said to be partially dressed in the Mounties uniform and was driving a ‘mock-up’ police car at one point in the shooting spree.
This took place on Saturday night in the small rural town of Portapique.
Police have however provided no motive for the attack.
‘In excess of 10 people have been killed,’ RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said. ‘We believe it to be one person who is responsible for all the killings and that he alone moved across the northern part of the province and committed what appears to be several homicides.’
President of the National Police Federation union, Brian Sauve, said a police officer was among those killed in the shooting.
Also, another was injured and taken to hospital.
‘Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own,’ said Mr Sauve. ‘A second dedicated member was injured in the line of duty.’ At around 10.30pm on Saturday, police received a call about a ‘person with firearms’ which ‘evolved into an active shooting investigation,’ said a police spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, frightened local residents were advised to lock their home and take cover in their basements overnight.
Residents also reported several building fires.
Resident Christine Mills said it had been a frightening night for the small town, with armed officers patrolling the streets.
In the morning, helicopters flew overhead searching for the suspect. ‘It’s nerve-wracking because you don’t know if somebody has lost their mind and is going to beat in your front door,’ she said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: ‘My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation.’