On the weekend of April 18 and 19, 2020, Gabriel Wortman murdered 22 people in one of the deadliest killing sprees in modern Canadian history.
The gunman, dressed as a police officer and driving a lookalike RCMP vehicle, killed 13 people in the hamlet of Portapique on April 18 before moving to other parts of the province where he killed nine more people, including an on-duty RCMP officer, the following day.
The sharp cracking sound of semi-automatic gunfire sent Greg Muise and Darrell Currie crashing to the ground.
The two volunteer firefighters were setting up an evacuation centre at the Onslow-Belmont fire hall for victims of the Nova Scotia killing spree last April 19 when, out of nowhere, bullets began flying.
Some shots went through the side of the building they were in. Others shattered part of the windshield of a firetruck and damaged a stone monument to deceased firefighters set up outside the building’s main entrance.
Fearing for their lives, and knowing an armed gunman was on the loose, Muise and Currie rushed to find safety in the farthest corner of the building, as far away from the sound of gunfire as they could get.