At least 13 killed in Canada rampage, suspect dead

A gunman killed at least 13 people in an overnight shooting rampage across rural Nova Scotia, before being found dead Sunday after one of Canada’s worst killing sprees in decades, federal police said.

Identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, the suspect had been on the run since Saturday night, when police were alerted to shots fired in the town of Portapique, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Halifax, capital of the Atlantic province.

Gun violence in Canada is far less than in the neighboring United States, and weapons more strictly controlled, and the killings were the country’s worst since 1989 when a gunman murdered 14 female students at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique.

“I can report that there were 13 victims so far, plus the suspect, that are deceased,” the commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Brenda Lucki, told Canadian broadcaster CBC.