Domestic assault may have triggered Canadian rampage that left 22 dead, police say

Domestic crime is probably the catalyst of the recent Nova Scotia shooting uproar that left 22 people dead, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

The timeline according to police indicates the rampage began in the town of Portapique on Cobequid Bay, when the gunman attacked his girlfriend, according to Darren Campbell, the Nova Scotia RCMP Superintendent.

The woman managed to escape and hide in the woods after an assault “that very well could have been the catalyst” of the slaughter, Campbell told reporters. But analysts have not discounted the “possibility of any pre-planning at this time,” he added.

The woman still recovering from her serious injuries came out of the woods several hours after the first shooting. Campbell said she provided police important information about the gunman.

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