Constable Heidi Stevenson, a married mother of two who worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for over 23 years, was killed during a mass shooting in Nova Scotia on Sunday. The suspected shooter, Gabriel Wortman, died on Sunday at an Enfield, Nova Scotia, gas station, located northwest of downtown Halifax.
In addition to Stevenson, the RCMP reported there are at least 19 other deceased victims following the incident, which started in Portapique Saturday night and ended in Enfield following a car chase on Sunday afternoon.
Police have not said exactly how many people were killed or wounded during the 12-hour incident, but numerous buildings and vehicles caught fire during the pursuit of the suspect. Authorities said the killings occurred in multiple locations across the northern part of the province of Nova Scotia.
Police do not believe anyone else was involved in the shootings aside from the deceased suspect, Wortman, 51, and they are not looking for additional suspects. An additional officer was injured during the shooting but is expected to recover from non-life threatening injuries, as reported by Alexander Quon of Global Halifax.
The Law Enforcement Community Is Mourning Stevenson’s Death
National Police Federation president Brian Sauve put out the following statement following Stevenson’s death: “Our hearts are heavy with grief and sadness today as we have lost one of our own. Our thoughts go out to our member’s family and friends. Our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the Members involved in the manhunt and the timely resolution to this violent attack. Your efforts and selflessness in this situation are heroic, invaluable and have kept others in the community safe.”
During a press conference on Sunday, Premier Stephen McNeil called the mass shooting “one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history.
“I never imagined when I went to bed last night that I would wake up to the horrific news that an active shooter was on the loose in Nova Scotia,” McNeil said. “Words cannot console the families affected by what has transpired over the last 24 hours. We’re all in shock that such a thing could happen here in Nova Scotia, and there’s a heavy burden to bear on top of COVID-19. But now more than ever we must stay strong together.”
Tributes To Heidi Stevenson & Well-Wishes To Her Family Were Shared On Social Media
Friends and members of the Novia Scotia community paid tribute to the fallen officer on Sunday. Stevenson left behind a loving husband, a son in high school, and a daughter in middle school. RCMP Corporal Kerry Shima tweeted, “You served so incredibly well, sister. RIP Cst. Heidi Stevenson, hero.” In Stevenson’s memory, all the flags in Amherst will be lowered to half staff.
While off duty, Stevenson was a hands-on mother who enjoyed doing yoga on the beach and staying active with her family.
Stevenson and her son Connor shared the same birthday, July 11, which she playfully joked about on her personal Facebook page.
Radio host Angie Poirer tweeted in memory of Stevenson, “She played rugby against my sister in Nova Scotia where everyone is salt of the earth and connected. She was a mom. She was an incredible officer. She is Heidi Stevenson. Pray for her family. Broken heart”
Ontario Premier Doug Ford shared on Twitter, “My heart goes out to the families of the victims who lost their lives in the incomprehensible events in Nova Scotia. Among them was Const. Heidi Stevenson, who fell in the line of duty. We wish their loved ones strength during this difficult time.”
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Ontario Premier Doug Ford as Doug Jones. Heavy regrets the error.