The Queen offers sympathies to Nova Scotians following mass shooting  

Queen Elizabeth II is sending her condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Nova Scotia’s mass shooting.

“Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Nova Scotia, and we send our condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives,” the statement from the Royal Family reads.

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“I also pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other police services who selflessly responded to these devastating attacks, and to the emergency services who are supporting those who have been injured and affected.”

The Queen concluded the statement by saying her thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nova Scotia and all Canadians at this time.

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Nova Scotia RCMP say that “in excess of 19” people died as a result of the 12-hour shooting spree in multiple rural communities. It is the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.

Nova Scotia shooting: Death toll in N.S. shooting spree expected to rise

Nova Scotia shooting: Death toll in N.S. shooting spree expected to rise

Police say the death toll is expected to rise, as they have yet to complete their investigations at all 16 crime scenes.

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More to come. 

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