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Timeline: The deadliest mass killings in Canada

  • Published at 02:55 pm April 20th, 2020
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members pack up after the search for Gabriel Wortman in Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada on April 19, 2020 Reuters

Gun violence in Canada is far less frequent than in the neighbouring United States, and weapons more strictly controlled

A gunman who drove a mock-up police car killed at least 16 people in an Atlantic Canada shooting rampage, federal police said on Sunday, the worst case of its kind in Canadian history.

The shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51, was shot dead by officers after a 12-hour manhunt in Nova Scotia province ended Sunday morning.

Gun violence in Canada is far less frequent than in the neighbouring United States, and weapons more strictly controlled, but the killings were the country's worst ever, exceeding the toll in 1989 when a gunman murdered 14 female students at Montreal's Ecole Polytechnique.

Here's a look at the deadliest mass killings in Canada’s recent history:

August 10, 2018: A gunman opens fire in Fredericton, killing two municipal police officers and two civilians. Matthew Raymond is arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree murder.

April 23, 2018: Alek Minassian drives a white van along a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and seriously injuring 16 others. 

Minassian later admits in court to carrying out the attack in retribution for years of sexual rejection and ridicule by women. He's awaiting trial on 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 of attempted murder. 

January 29, 2017: Six people are killed and eight injured when a man goes on a shooting rampage at a Quebec City mosque. University student Alexandre Bissonnette, who had taken far-right political positions on social media, pleads guilty.

December 29, 2014: In the worst mass shooting in Edmonton, a man suspected of domestic violence shoots and kills six adults and two young children in two different homes. Phu Lam then killed himself in a restaurant where he worked.

June 4, 2014: A man uses a semi-automatic rifle to fatally shoot three RCMP officers and wound two others in Moncton. The rampage by Justin Bourque was the deadliest attack on the RCMP since four officers were killed by a gunman in Alberta in 2005.

April 15, 2014: Matthew de Grood kills five people at a house party in northwest Calgary. A judge in 2016 found de Grood not criminally responsible for the killings because he was suffering from schizophrenia at the time.

March 3, 2005: James Roszko shoots and kills four RCMP officers near Mayerthorpe, before turning the gun on himself. 

April 5, 1996: Angered by his wife's divorce action, Mark Chahal kills her and eight other members of her family in Vernon, before shooting himself.

September 18, 1992: A bomb kills nine strike-breaking workers at the Giant Yellowknife gold mine in the Northwest Territories.

December 6, 1989: A man with a semi-automatic rifle storms into an engineering classroom at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, asks men to leave and then kills 14 women before turning the gun on himself. Gunman Marc Lepine says he was "fighting against feminists" he blamed for his troubles.

September 1, 1972: An arson attack on a downtown Montreal night club kills 37 people and injures 64. Gasoline was spread on the stairway of the Blue Bird Cafe and then ignited. 

Most of the deaths occurred in the Wagon Wheel country-western bar upstairs. Three young men from Montreal who had earlier been denied entry for drunkenness were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

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