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Two New York firefighters shot dead in ambush

Tuesday, 25 Dec, 2012 - 01:14

Dec. 24 - A gunman shot dead two firefighters when he ambushed them at the scene of an early morning housefire in a suburb of Rochester, New York. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A lone gunman shot dead two volunteer firefighters -- injuring two others -- when he ambushed them at the scene of an early morning housefire in a suburb of Rochester, New York. Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering called it a set up. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOWN OF WEBSTER POLICE CHIEF, GERALD PICKERING, SAYING: "It does appear that it was a trap that was set " The gunman, who also died, opened fire around 5:45 am as firefighters responded to reports of a house blaze. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOWN OF WEBSTER POLICE CHIEF, GERALD PICKERING, SAYING: "We can report at this time that the shooter is deceased. He died of a self-inflicted gun wound., His name is william Spengler. (EDIT) Mr. Spengler has quite a lengthy criminal history. In 1980 he was arrested by the Webster police and charged with killing his grandmother. Authorities say Spengler set the fire -- laying in wait for the first responders. The shooting comes as people are still coming to terms with a deadly school massacre in Connecticut, in which 20 school children and six adults were gunned down in a rampage.

Two New York firefighters shot dead in ambush

Tuesday, 25 Dec, 2012 - 01:14

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