A gunman claimed the lives of at least 18 people, PM Justin Trudeau said on Monday. The suspect, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, also died in the weekend attack.

Authorities said the gunman disguised as a police officer. (Photo: AP)

The death toll from the worst mass shooting in Canadian history has risen to 18, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday, including a police officer and the gunman.

“A gunman claimed the lives of at least 18 people, among them a woman in uniform whose job it is to protect lives even if it endangers her own,” Trudeau told reporters, referring to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Constable Heidi Stevenson, who was killed on Sunday in the shooting spree in the Atlantic province of Nova Scotia.

“The vast majority of Nova Scotians will have a direct link with one or more of the victims. The entire province and country is grieving right now as we come to grips with something that is unimaginable,” Justin Trudeau said.

The Canadian prime minister added: “The pandemic will prevent us from mourning together in person, but a vigil will be held virtually to celebrate the lives of the victims.”

The suspect, identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, also died in the weekend attack. Authorities did not provide a motive for the killings.

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