Family of mass shooting victim say police returned car with remains still inside

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Family of mass shooting victim say police returned car with remains still inside

A grieving family of the mass Nova Scotia shooting claim police returned a car to them with human remains still inside.

Gabriel Wortman killed 22 people during a shooting rampage in the Canadian province in April – before he was shot and killed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The denture clinic operator wore a police uniform and was driving a vehicle made to look like a police cruiser during the horrific killing spree.

Now, two families of victims have launched legal action against the RCMP – alleging a number of failings – including one traumatised family having a car returned with human remains inside.

The lawsuit alleged that the unnamed family “was required to clean the car themselves”.

It also questions staffing levels of the police and claims too few people were sent to the initial scene and that the RCMP failed to urgently set up a perimeter to contain the gunman.

Lawyers for the family also criticise alleged poor police communications, claiming public warnings being sent to police on Twitter were inadequately followed up because of poor internet coverage in the area .

Sandra McCulloch, a lawyer with Patterson Law in Truro, N.S. representing the two families said: “This has grander implications for Nova Scotia and our country as a whole.

“There’s been a lot of questions that have arisen since the events of April 18th and 19th.

“A lot more questions than answers and some of the answers that have come out have been less than satisfactory.”

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In horrifying details from the shooting, police said: “The suspect was probably driving what appeared to be an RCMP vehicle and wearing what appeared to be an RCMP uniform.”

Authorities later said the apparent gunman had disguised his car to look like a police cruiser.

He was believed to have later switched cars and to be driving southbound on Hwy #102 in a silver Chevrolet SUV.

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The massacre looked to be the worst of its kind since a gunman killed 15 women in Montreal in December 1989.

A man driving a van deliberately ran over and killed 10 people in Toronto in April 2018.

Mass shootings are relatively rare in Canada, which has tighter gun control laws than the United States.

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