Warning signs of N.S. mass shooter's paranoia, guns, prior abuse noted in warrant

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Information used by police to obtain a search warrant details warning signals of paranoid behaviour and unusual purchases of gasoline by the gunman who burned homes and killed 22 people in Nova Scotia last month.

One person described the shooter as having guns at his denturist clinic in Dartmouth and in a warehouse in Portapique and as being "paranoid" about the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he'd experienced a mental breakdown.

The person, whose name is blanked out and is described as having worked with the gunman, says the killer had talked about all types of guns, assault rifles, and handguns.

Another source in the document made public today told the RCMP the gunman had purchased about $800 worth of gasoline prior to the murders and had owned police clothing for over a year before the shootings.

Police have said that during the gunman's April 18 and 19 rampage through five communities he drove a replica police vehicle, was dressed in an RCMP uniform, shot victims with semi-automatic weapons for which he didn't have a licence and burned homes with gasoline.

The former colleague also told police officers the gunman would dress up as a police officer and would role play, though specific dates were not included in the warrant.

(This story has been edited to remove the name of the gunman)