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More information released on Nova Scotia mass shooting

We are learning more about the mass shooting in Nova Scotia.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Nova Scotia RCMP Superintendent Darren Campbell said police interviewed over 650 people from across Canada and the United States about the events in April that left 22 people dead.

Campbell said police continue to investigate if the gunman had any help in what happened and he said police who were initially called out to the scene in Portapique on April 18th formed an immediate action rapid deployment team with other resources quickly called in to help. Campbell said other police departments in Nova Scotia were contacted by RCMP as the situation was ongoing.

The gunman didn’t pull any victims over while driving the replica RCMP police cruiser, according to Campbell. RCMP don’t believe Cst. Heidi Stevenson, killed in the attack, rammed his vehicle with her cruiser.

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The gunman’s firearms were illegal. Campbell said out of the five guns, three were illegally obtained from the U.S. and two from Canada – one from an associate while the other was Cst. Stevenson’s gun.

Campbell said the gunman bought four Ford Taurus vehicles that were former police cruisers through online auctions.

He said a psychological autopsy of the gunman is currently taking place but they have learned he was an “injustice collector” which means he held onto grudges.

A number of reviews are currently underway into how officers conducted themselves during the shooting spree.

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