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It has been confirmed by RCMP that the killing spree in Nova Scotia began with a woman being beaten by the shooter. At a press conference on Friday morning, she was called a “key witness.”
On Sunday morning, she came out from hiding in the woods. She confirmed that the shooter had multiple weapons and was driving a RCMP cruiser replica while dressed like a police officer.
The woman turned out to be the shooter’s girlfriend. He bound and beat her but she escaped late on Saturday night. She was badly beaten but was able to give police a picture of the replica police cruiser.
A timeline is being provided by RCMP showing the route taken by the shooter. The timeline shows over 12 hours of travel beginning on Saturday and ending on Sunday morning. Investigators showed up at Portapique shortly after 10:30 p.m. and found 13 people dead.
The home of the shooter was up in flames when police arrived and three vehicles were burning—two of them, replica police cars.
According to The Globe and Mail, a hit list belonging to the gunman was found near his property. Investigators informed a man living near his property that he was “seventh or eighth” on the list.
During the Friday press conference details were shared about the shooter's path. Included in the maps were the towns of Portapique, Debert, Wentworth, Milford, Shubenacadie and Enfield.
Few clues indicating the gunman's motives have been found so far. Police have mentioned that some victims were targeted and some were seemingly at random. They also said that his weapons were likely obtained illegally as he did not have a valid license to possess or buy firearms in Canada.
RCMP support services officer Darren Campbell noted that two men and a woman were killed at a residence in Glenhome. The house was then set on fire. The gunman was reportedly familiar with at least two of them.
He proceeded to make his way through Glenhome on Highway 4. The shooter knocked on the doors of more residents he was familiar with and they called the police instead of answering him—letting officers know that he was carrying weapons and driving a police car. He moved on without entering the home.
Two RCMP officers then made contact with the gunman who attacked both of them. One officer was able to flee the scene with injuries but the second officer was fatally shot after her vehicle crashed into the gunman's. He then set both cars on fire.
A passerby who stopped at the scene was shot, and the gunman stole their vehicle, a silver SUV.
He later killed a woman at her home and took her car which was a red Mazda 3. He took the car to an Enfield, NS gas station. There was a tactical officer there who had stopped for gas.
It was here that an officer was able to kill the gunman.
In the end, the killer claimed 22 lives and left behind 16 crime scenes. One of those he murdered was RCMP Constable Heidi Stevenson.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call a tip line at (902) 720-5959
“No piece of information is too small,” Campbell said. “If you have information, we need to hear from you.”