Woman who survived deadliest U.S. mass shooting relives her nightmare in rural N.S.


‘It’s going to be a long road, but there is hope,’ says Masstown, N.S., resident

By Alex Cooke | 20 April 2020

CBC — Over the weekend, Tonya Dort found herself in a nightmare she hoped never to relive — an active shooter in her area.

Dort and her husband, Kevin, are survivors of the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. Now, they’ve lived through the worst shooting in modern Canadian history as well.

On Sunday morning, Dort was driving back to her home in Masstown, N.S., from Truro, where her grandmother had passed away in a nursing home that morning. She noticed a big police presence on the way.

“I could see men in helmets and I could see rifles coming out of vehicles,” she said.

“I’m swearing in the car, shaking … and you’re like, ‘What’s going on?’ And you instantly go into fight or flight.”

One of her sons called during her drive, warning there was an active shooter at large.

Dort hurried home. She and her family locked down their house and waited for news. […]

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