Canada’s deadliest mass shootings
April 20, 2020 - A gunman killed at least 16 people, including a female police officer, in the worst mass shooting in Canada's modern history. Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada where gun ownership laws are stricter than in the neighbouring U.S.
The gunman, disguised as a police officer, went on a 12-hour rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, shooting people in their homes.
Officials said the suspected shooter, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman who apparently worked as a denture-maker, was also dead. Police did not provide a motive for the killings.
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.