Update: William Spengler lived on Lake Road in Webster, NY. Same street as the house fires. There are three close relatives listed.
Update: Police Chief Gerald Pickering said the gunman died of an apparent self-inflicted wound. The shooter was 62-year old William H. Spengler Jr., who was previously in prison for beating his grandmother to death, according to law enforcement sources. He was not allowed to legally possess weapons. Authorities believe the fire may have been set as a trap to lure the firefighters, though that is still under investigation.
Update: The shooter is a career criminal named William Spengler. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was not allowed to own a gun.
Webster, N.Y. — Two firefighters have died and two others were wounded after being shot at the scene of a fire on Lake Road in Webster early Monday.
The fire started around 5:30 a.m. at 191 Lake Rd. near Bay Rd. and when the first responders arrived, a gunman opened fire on them. Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said that the suspect may have created the fire as a trap for the first responders.
In an afternoon press conference, Pickering said one of the firefighters was able to escape in his private vehicle, while the others remained pinned down for around an hour.
Of those first responders, Webster’s Police chief says firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka were shot and died at the scene. Chiapperini was also a member of the Webster Police Department. Kaczowka was a member of the fire department and a 911 dispatcher.
Webster NY Firefighter Shot Dispatcher Audio
On Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 a gunman open fire on four firefighters from Webster NY as they arrived on scene of a car and house on fire. Two firefighters were killed, two others were shot. The audio is of the incidents. We are posting to show the true bravery of the firefighter who was shot and pinned down due to the gun fire.
Our thought and prayers go to all affected in this horrible tragedy.