Two firefighters dead after being shot while responding to house fire; suspect dead
December 24th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

Two firefighters dead after being shot while responding to house fire; suspect dead

[Updated at 11:55 a.m. ET]  The shooter who killed two firefighters in upstate New York on Monday is dead, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering told reporters.

"The threat has been eliminated. The shooter is believed to be deceased at the scene," he said, adding that it appears the shooter set a trap for the firefighters.

[Updated at 9:48 a.m. ET] Two firefighters were killed when one or more shooters opened fire at the scene of house fire in upstate New York on Monday, police said.

[Posted at 8:39 a.m. ET] Firefighters who responded to a fire in Webster, New York, were shot at as they tried to put out flames that tore through a home, the town's fire marshal told CNN.

Gunfire erupted as firefighters responded to a call shortly before 6 a.m. Monday at a residence on Lake Road in the small town of Webster, Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier said. Webster is about 15 miles east of Rochester, New York, near Lake Ontario.

Two firefighters from the scene are now being treated at a hospital in Rochester, according to Strong Memorial Hospital public relations director Terry D'Agostino.

Boutillier said one of the firefighters was in satisfactory condition.

He also said the fire has spread to a second house in the neighborhood. Firefighters are currently not fighting the active fire, according to Boutillier, because of the gunfire.

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  1. Cissy111

    They took the Bible out of our schools....now they want to replace it with Guns......don't you get it America.....a country founded on Godly principals.....you cannot serve TWO MASTERS......you will either HATE one or LOVE the other.......we have chosen the LOVE of MAINSTREAM AMERICA......whose LOVE is MONEY, GLAMOUR, and FAME.....BACK to BASICS....just my opinion.....I pray and hope that the NEW YEAR starts off with PRAYER in schools.

    December 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • H.M.

      Religion won't deter or stop these violent act.
      They are commited by mentally unstable peoples.

      If you want your kids to study religion, please take them to church or temple on your own time. Don't force it on other who may not wanted it.

      December 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tara

    The first commenter wasn't referring to religion, she was referring to faith in God, and how having a relationship with God allows us to have a healthy spirit, and having a healthy spirit is one that has less of a desire to commit violence.

    December 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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