My heart goes out to the innocent victims of a senseless and random shooting on Sunday that has killed at least 18 people in rural Nova Scotia, located in Atlantic Canada. People are saddened, confused and shocked by this horrific incident. Their lives have been trampled by senseless violence. My prayers go out to the people of Portapique, and to Nova Scotia:
“Dear God, be with the residents of Portapique, Nova Scotia. Holy Spirit, sooth their hearts, old and young, men, women and children. Calm their fears. Give them healing from this horrific tragedy. This I pray in your holy name.”
The gunman, Mr. Gabriel Wortman, was shot dead by the RCMP police at a gas station in Enfield, NS, along Highway 102. I have personally driven along Hwy 102 and perhaps have even made a pit stop at the local Irving gas station years ago, which makes it a little eerie.
What makes this killing rampage so horrifying is that he was not killing his enemies but his friends. News reports say he was knocking on people’s doors with a rifle in hand. A family inside a home was horrified as the gunman was pounding on their front door to get in. Undoubtedly, the people of community in Portapique will be reeling in shock.
How does this happen to a small community? Stuff like this isn’t supposed to happen. It makes me wonder if something in the killer had snapped. Did he have mental illness? He is known to have run a local denture clinic. He was also known to have given away dentures to people who needed it.
Mr Wortman was also into police memorabilia. He drove in a fake police cruiser and was wearing an RCMP uniform at the time of his killing rampage. In his high school year book, he had written, “Gabe’s future may include being an RCMP officer.”
I will be very interested in knowing what happened in this man that would cause him to go on a killing rampage.