Sean McLeod Bio, Sean McLeod Wiki
Sean McLeod was a corrections officer at Springhill Institution, a federal prison in Springhill, N.S. He lived in West Wentworth, a community roughly 50 kilometers north of Portapique.
He was living with fellow corrections officer Alanna Jenkins at 2328 Hunter Rd.
Lisa Owens, a neighbor, called 911 to report an explosion and gunfire at the home around 8 a.m. Sunday. She said 911 took her information and patched her through to EHS who asked her to go over and determine whether an ambulance was needed.
“I had to go over and look at them and tell them. Verify that, you know, there were no signs of life,” Owens said.
Public records show that Wortman owned several properties in Dartmouth and Portapique, Nova Scotia, and he worked as a denturist. Wortman lived in Halifax. He was the owner of the Atlantic Denture Clinic on Portland Street in Dartmouth. Photos from local reporters showed that officers had blocked off the building as part of the investigation.
In a promotional video for Wortman’s business, he says he is a “licensed denturist here in the province of Nova Scotia. I run a company called Atlantic Denture Clinic. At Atlantic Denture Clinic, we are a full-service denture clinic in that we take the impressions from the patients and make the teeth for the patients. There are no required referrals from your dentist. Here at Atlantic Denture Clinic, we invite you to come and smile with confidence.”
Nova Scotia Shooter Gabriel Wortman
— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) April 19, 2020
RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather said at a press conference the investigation was active and ongoing as of Sunday evening and investigators had not yet searched every crime scene to determine how many people were killed. Leather said officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect at one point during the incident. He said it was too early on in the investigation to say what the suspect’s motivations were. Some of the victims did have a relationship with Wortman, Leather told reporters. But he said he could not provide specifics because of privacy laws.
“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,” Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said at a press conference. “This is one of the most senseless acts of violence in our province’s history. Words cannot console the families affected by what has transpired over the last 24 hours.”
McNeil added, “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.” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking before a press conference about the coronavirus pandemic, said, “My heart goes out to everyone affected in what is a terrible situation. I want to thank the police for their hard work and people for cooperating with authorities.”
Police first reported the incident Saturday night just after 11:30 p.m., saying they’d responded to a firearms complaint in the area of
#RCMPNS remains on scene in #Portapique. This is an active
shooter situation. Residents in the area, stay inside your homes & lock your
doors. Call 911 if there is anyone on your property. You may not see the police
but we are there with you #Portapique.
— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) April 19, 2020
Shooter Gabriel Wortman Shot Death
The active-shooter situation began Saturday night, April 18, when Nova Scotia RCMP officers received multiple calls of a firearms incident at a residence in Portapique in Colchester County, Leather said at a press conference Sunday. Several casualties were found inside and outside of the home, but no suspect was found, according to Leather. “This was a very quickly evolving situation and a chaotic scene. Many units responded, including emergency response teams and police dog services,” he said.
According to Leather, officers secured the immediate area and began a search for a suspect. “The initial search for the suspect led to multiple sites in the area, including structures that were on fire. The search continued overnight and into the morning. This morning, we actively sought out the suspect through multiple communities throughout Nova Scotia. The search for the suspect ended this morning when the suspect was located and I can confirm that he is deceased,” Leather said. An officer-involved shooting investigation is underway, he said.
A witness at the gas station where Wortman was killed told CTV, “All I could hear was gunshots and my wife, I thought I was going to call 911, because she was going into panic, it scared her so bad.” The witness, Glen Hines, told CTV, “There was multiple, like probably between five or 10 (gunshots). It was steady.”