Nova Scotia mass shooting: law firm gathering evidence for two class-action lawsuits

Posted October 8, 2020 1:06 pm

A law firm that represents the families of victims of the April mass shooting in Nova Scotia has hired a criminal investigation firm as it prepares two potential class-action lawsuits.

Halifax-based Patterson Law issued a statement Wednesday saying Martin and Associates Investigations will provide expertise about police procedures, crime scene analysis and related matters that may turn up evidence supporting the lawsuits.

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One of the proposed class-action proceedings names the estate of the lone gunman who killed 22 people on April 18-19 during a 13-hour rampage that spanned several communities in northern and central Nova Scotia.

The second class-action, which names the RCMP and the Nova Scotia government, focuses on the police response to the killings.

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The law firm also announced it has set up a Facebook page to solicit tips, photos and video from people who may have information about the crimes.

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Patterson Law will also represent all but three of the victims’ families in a federal-provincial public inquiry, which was announced in July.

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