Who was Gabriel Wortman, the denturist behind the Nova Scotia mass shooting?

Epigraph:

On account of this, We prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. And Our Messengers came to them with clear Signs, yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land. (Al Quran 5:32/33)

Source: The National Post

Investigators are continuing to piece together one of Canada’s deadliest mass killings, and its perpetrator

At least 19 people are dead, including an RCMP officer, after 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman went on a gun rampage across northern Nova Scotia over the weekend.

Police publicly identified Wortman about nine hours after an initial tweet around midnight Saturday, asking people to avoid the Portapique, N.S., area and stay indoors as officers responded to a firearms complaint. Wortman was killed after police intercepted him at a gas station in Enfield, N.S., on Sunday, and his death is being investigated by a police watchdog.

But who was Wortman?

Investigators are continuing to piece together Canada’s deadliest mass killing, and its author, but snippets are beginning to emerge of the denturist-turned-killer. Police say some of the victims were known to Wortman while others did not know him, and his use of a mocked-up police cruiser and RCMP uniformalmost identical to the real thing helped him escape detection as he travelled between 16 crime scenes.

Wortman originally hailed from Riverview, outside Moncton, New Brunswick. He attended Riverview High School, before heading on to Fredericton, and the University of New Brunswick, in the late 1980s, the Chronicle Herald reports.

After university, Wortman had moved into a career as a denturist, and ran the Atlantic Denture Clinic in Dartmouth, N.S., as well as one in the Halifax area. He is reported to have divided his time between the two.

Some Portapique residents who spoke with the the Canadian Press said they knew Wortman in passing as a part-time resident who owned properties locally.

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