Domestic attack may have sparked rampage in Canada that left 22 people dead, police say

The cause of a Nova Scotia shooting spree that left 22 people dead may have been a domestic crime, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Friday.

According to Nova Scotia RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell, a police time line suggests the 12-hour spree started in the quiet town of Portapique on Cobequid Bay Saturday when the gunman attacked his longtime girlfriend.

After an attack “that may very well have been the cause” of the slaughter the woman fled and hid in the woods, Campbell told reporters. Yet investigators have not at this point dismissed the “possibility of any pre-planning,” he said.

The woman, who is still recovering from serious injuries, emerged from the woods after the first shooting deaths several hours later. Campbell said she’d provided the gunman with crucial police details.

Police said the 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman led police throughout the Canadian province on a miles-long manhunt. He died after being questioned by police. According to Campbell, he was wearing an RCMP uniform and was driving what appeared to be a police car.

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