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Graphic toont de grootste schietpartijen in Canada.


Canada’s dodelijkste schietpartij

By Jordi Bou

April 20, 2020 - Een schutter doodde zeker 16 mensen, waaronder een vrouwelijke politie-agent, in de bloedigste schietpartij in de moderne geschiedenis van Canada. Schietincidenten zijn relatief zeldzaam in Canada, waar strengere wetten rond wapenbezit gelden dan in buurland Verenigde Staten.

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.

PUBLISHED: 20/04/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images