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 'Firefighter 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 his lower back 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, 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 US is such a nice country with wonderful people who stand up for freedom. Yet, these incidents make this country look more and more broken. What can we do to fix it???
1: Invest in mental health
2: De-invest in firearms; particularly semi-auto and assault weapons– made strictly for killing humans.
3: Standardize gun regulations and make training MANDATORY
I think the big problem is the lack of mental health care. We cant keep ignoring people that turn 18 and not provide the proper care needed. This person had a background requiring psychiatric care
No more guns
I don't know.....maybe go back to the founding principles and core values....but that would probably require getting rid of about 51% of the population.
Ban FIRE TRUCKS! That philosophy seems to work for Obama and the Dems.
What exactly is the 'mainstream' media? It's as if there were other althernative sources of news, like crystal balls, word of mouth or god for bid, FOX, the fascist or xenophobic network.
You sure did a lot to improve things – are we to suppose you are writing your note now. You need to be a little nicer to those G O P people because they have all the money you need so you don't have to work.
ANOTHER WONDERFUL EXAMPLE OF A WHACK JOB WITH ACCESS TO A FIREARM!
Of course the obvious answer to this is to arm the firefighters.
Nope, the answer (in this instance) was the Death Penalty...
so old...its not even funny any more ....stfu
YES, PRECISELY THE ANSWER.
The blood is on the Board of prison terms who let him out after killing his grandmother....John
All goes back to the MENTAL HEALTH issue in this nation. But the liberals want to blame inanimate objects instead. GUNS.
Had he been given the Death Penalty for killing someone he wouldn't have killed again.
He committed suicide, death penalty is kinda moot at this point.
Hey Dan, WAKE UP !!! He killed his grandma back in 1980. Poster was NOT referring to THIS killing. Effin' moron
No Dan, he was a convicted felon for murder released early. The death penalty doesn't stop those that intend to kill (deterrent) but it sure stops those that do from killing again.
Possibly. Of course, nothing exists to prove he might have killed another inmate or guard while incarcerated. All we know for sure is that we would pay a hefty amount to feed, clothe, entertain, possibly educate, and protect him fo many years in the prison system or mental hospital. Prisoners are expensive to maintain. We pay out more for each one than many families exist on per year. It is true many are in prison and on death row unfairly because of poor police work and shoddy juries, but no one knows how many nor where. All we can do is put faith in police and courts. But the majority are guilty, and a sunk cost we can't avoid. We supposedly are 2% of the world's population, but have 25% of the prisoners at major cost.
A report by the organization, "The Price of Prisons," states that the cost of incarcerating one inmate in Fiscal 2010 was $31,307 per year. "In states like Connecticut, Washington state, New York, it's anywhere from $50,000 to $60,000," he said.
Yes – $60,000 a year. That's a teacher's salary, or a firefighter's. Our epidemic of incarceration costs us taxpayers $63.4 billion a year.
Odd that he might have cost per year what one of the fire fighters he murdered cost. Yin and yang. Tchuss!
Excellent obserrvations and comment Joe. Wish more in this country were willing to look below the surface like you have.
hope the loser hangs for this!!! sicko
Please–a little English comprehension. He shot himself in the head.
It said he killed himself..did you even read the article?
Didnt you even read the article?!?!
Presently, 17 states regulate private firearm sales at gun shows. Seven states require background checks on all gun sales at gun shows (California, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Oregon, New York, Illinois and Colorado). Four states (Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) require background checks on all handgun, but not long gun, purchasers at gun shows. Six states require individuals to obtain a permit to purchase handguns that involves a background check (Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska). Certain counties in Florida require background checks on all private sales of handguns at gun shows. The remaining 33 states do not restrict private, intrastate sales of firearms at gun shows in any manner.
Just googled this. The real truth.
No one should be able to buy a gun without a background no matter where the sale occurs.
We need to fix this.
Yes 1d1ot. I'm sure this guy got his gun legally with a background check. Your laws would have done a lot of good. This guy clearly is interested in following the law!
One slight problem background checks they do not discover stupidity and carelessness as was the problem with Mrs. Lanza. Like I will go to the medicine cabinet eat some dumb pills and buy more g uns for my disturbed son to view and/or use.
Let's say that he did get it legally from one of those state, would that change your mind about anything?
Why are we making it so easy to get a gun, because we can or we need to protect ourselves from all the wackos?
There are too many reasons behind reasons. We should just do one thing and hope it works, rather than do NOTHING because we don't think it will work.
The "mainstream media" is a convenient straw man and scapegoat, nothing more.
Oops'; this was a reply to a post, forgot to hit the button ^^' ...
A thousand bucks says this guy supported or was a member of the NRA
Yeah? He probably went to church too. So?
A thousand buck says he is on public welfare.
Start sterilizing human beings and give this planet back to the animals!!!!!!
Wow, actually one of the more sensible solutions I've heard. I'd rank it over putting prayer back into public schools.
I kept hoping for the Mayan Prophecy but to no avail.
I would really like to know how he got his weapons because I'm damn sure he didn't have them legally.
"HOW RELEASE OF MENTAL PATIENTS BEGAN"
Honestly, not what I like seeing as a push notification when I wake up on Christmas Day. We didn't need to know that, I think it's more sensationalizing for views. It makes me sad that people have to resort to such drastic measures to be noticed (heres looking at you, shooter. And you too, CNN)