Police on scene of "active shooter" investigation in Portapique, N.S.

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Police on scene of "active shooter" investigation in Portapique, N.S.

At least two people, one of them a police officer, have died in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia after a gunman went on a 12-hour rampage, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has reported.

The incident began in the rural community of Portapique, N.S., which is more than 130 km north of Halifax.

This morning they said there was an active shooter situation and released a description of a suspect, Gabriel Wortman.

Police have said on social media that Wortman may have been wearing what looks like an RCMP uniform. RCMP Nova Scotia reports Wortman is now in custody. Residents are reminded to stay inside, and call 911 if they spot anyone on their property.

In their next update, police said Wortman was believed to be driving a silver Chevy Tracker on Highway 102 southbound and had been spotted in Milford. It's not clear if he switched vehicles or was driving this vehicle all along.

Authorities identified the gunman as Gabriel Wortman, 51, who was taken into custody just before 11 a.m. on Sunday.

"No one expects to go to work and not come home and their families", Sauve said.

In a tweet on Sunday afternoon, officers explained, "RCMP Nova Scotia will be holding a press conference today at 6 p.m. regarding today's series of events that occurred today involving an active shooter".

Wortman is considered armed & unsafe.

Mills said police officers walked through the community with their guns drawn through the night, and helicopters had been flying over homes on Sunday morning. CTV Atlantic interviewed the denturist in 2014 after he agreed to help provide a set of dentures, free of charge, to a cancer survivor who lost her teeth due to the medication she was taking.

Tom Taggart, a council member in Colchester, which includes Portapique, lives 2 miles from the rural community.

Taggart described Portapique as a "subdivision in the woods where people have acre lots along the shore".

Mr Taggart said he did not know Mr Wortman well, but spoke to him a few times when he telephoned about municipal issues. "I can't fathom it". "I do know that there's a huge police presence and that should make people relatively comfortable".

The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, speaking to reporters in Ottawa, deplored what he called "a bad situation".

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