The shooter who ambushed and killed two upstate New York firefighters Monday left a note behind indicating his intentions, police said Tuesday.
"I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best - killing people," the 3-page typewritten note said.
New York town's 'FirefighterÂ of the Year' shot dead responding to blaze
Authorities haven't given a motive for the latest violence, which left two firefighters dead and two other firefighters and an off-duty police officer from a nearby town wounded after they responded to the call of a fire.
And they can't ask the shooter, who was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head around 11 a.m., about six hours after first calls about the fire came in.
Investigators believe the suspect, William Spengler, 62, set the original fire, then likely set himself up on a berm with a clear view of the scene and started shooting.
N.Y. man who shot dead 2 firefighters killed grandmother in 1980
In chilling audio heard over the scanner, a West Webster Fire Department firefighter reported "multiple firemen shot" - including himself, with wounds to hisÂ lower backÂ and lower leg - and "shots still being fired."
For several hours after that Monday, the threat of gunfire stopped firefighters from battling the blaze and forced police SWAT teams to evacuate 33 people in the neighborhood of small,Â waterfront homes.
Eventually, seven houses were "totally destroyed" by the fire. Although the fires were under control as of 2:30 p.m. ET, by then authorities still hadn't been able to get in any of the homes. Pickering said it's possible more victims could be inside.
The penchant for violence that afflicts this nation of ours is manifesting itself.
Except violence isn't increasing. It's actually down by over a third since the '90s. It's just that the mainstream media is reporting it more often now, and so it's feeding this hysteria that we are all just waiting to be shot.
CNN: What are you trying to promote when posted these hatred letters from the crazy killers?
@Andrew. Your dumbness quotient must be pretty high.
@obozo.....they are reporting NEWS, that is what they are paid to do....it is called a job and work....you should try getting a job and working.
People behaving badly are a bad choice for entertainment viewing. We are all responsible for the role models we choose. Our dollars spent are like votes for what we want, so lead by example. Make it a better day. CIAO.
There are fewer examples of public violence...the ones that do occur are just much more extreme. In the past our violence was directed at a source which could be hurt. Now, many people have an amorphous source of grievance to attack and so the violence becomes generalized to anyone in the vicinity.
Two sandwiches short of a picnic.
Nice analogy.....but far more than just 2 sandwiches!
Does anyone know what time the NRA will hold its press conference to defend this lunatic's right to own guns?
Right after the get done defending the last two shootings. The NRA is a terrorist group.
Your both uneducated morons.
Right after the Liberal judge that gave him 17 years for killing his grandmother with a hammer makes a statement, and right after the Liberals in the NY Legislature explaind why they have no death penalty.
Does anyone know what time the LIBRALS will hold its press conference to defend this lunatic's right to freedom after he spent 17 yrs in prison for killing his own 90 yr grandmother?
I am not a member of the NRA, but to my knowledge they have never advocated allowing convicted criminals to legally obtain weapons. They have consistently called for the enforcement of laws already on the books. So don't whine about the NRA. Instead you should be complaining about our so-called justice system that allows these people back on the street.
the NRA doesn't need to say anything because he did not have the right to own guns.....misinformed......
So what gun was used? I'm guessing it was something other then an AR since the make and model hasn't been thrown around on tv all day. Are we going to get calls to ban the gun? When somebody goes off with a modern muzzle loader will there be calls to ban them? Where is the responsible reporting talking about BOTH sides of the gun argument. This attack doesn't fit the model of what will help you push anti-2a bills so the reporting is half-assed at best. These firefighters deserve at least as much respect as the children of Newport, yet you've given maybe 1/4 of the information about it as you did the CT shooting.
Yes, the most important issue here is the media. Not access to firearms – the media. Lets hear more.
From what I read at other news sources, he was a convicted felon that murdered his grandmother with a hammer several years back. So he was already breaking the law by owning any type of firearm. No law could have been passed that would have made what he did more illegal. He broke several laws here including the illegal possession of a firearm. But you won't see CNN report on that.
AR-15, MAGAZINE HOLDING 30 BULLETS.......ANYMORE QUESTIONS
So man owns firearm illegally, uses illegal capacity magazine, kills people. You believe answer is pass more laws.
Man snipes 2 people. 2. and you believe assault rifle with high capacity magazine is the problem.
Crazy man does crazy thing, after writing letter illustrating how crazy he is. You think GUNS are the problem. Ok. Right.
Here's a motive: He's crazy.
No, he was evil, not crazy. Felon, lengthy rap sheet, previous conviction for murder.
Question is, where did this felon get his gun? A gun show? Only place that doesn't check felons.
First think that should be fixed.
This lifestyle is pure barbaric.....why do we considered ourselves civilized? Just misleading.....
Another example of mental illness that was not addressed . . . even by the justice system that incarcerated this nut for so long! Until America addresses and funds mental health, the deranged will keep showing themselves in ways we don't want to see!
Wow, thanks CNN for alerting me of this on Christmas. Just what I needed to hear today.
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Thanks for being the voice of reason....too many people blame the media....it is NOT the media at fault...the fault is the NRA and the people who do not keep their weapons safe and under lock and key
Provocative SOB wasn't he? Must be a poster boy for the NRA.
He is a poster boy for Liberal anti Death Penalty proponents. He killed his grandmother with a hammer and was out after 17 years. Thank you Liberal judge. Thank you no Death Penaltly in NY. Thank you Liberals for protecting this person.
The NRA is the enemy of America!
I think the note is a fraud-
Right, that's it. It's a conspiracy. Please tell us more.
What possible reason would you have for thinking that?
This time of year always seems to bring out the best and the worst of humanity. It seems to me that this is one of the worst of over 60 years I can remember. Maybe it would have been best if the conspiracy theorists had been right about 12/21/12 afterall.
This was another mentally disturbed (too mild?) individual who never should have been allowed back on the streets. Turning him loose was tantamount to giving locksmithing equipment to a burglar or flame-throwers to arsonists.
God bless the souls of those wonderful firefighters and may He bring comfort to the families.
CNN and the rest of the idiotic new media are constantly sensationalizing news resulting in more copy cats. Very shameful acts of reporting.
Moron, it's not the media. It's the guns.
And, if they did not report all that is known, you would be yelling they are ignoring the news.