Four Firefighters Shot After Being 'Lured' to Burning Home by Crazed Gunman

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Two brave firefighers have lost their lives on Christmas Eve, reportedly due to a crazed gunman who opened fire on them with an assault rifle after firefighters responded to a burning building in upstate West Webster, New York. Firefighters were called to the scene of a burning home early this morning. Horrifically, the blaze seems to have been set as a "trap" to lure first responders to the scene, where they were then sitting ducks for a crazed shooter with a gun. Seriously, how low can people go?!

Four volunteer firefighters were shot at the scene, and reportedly two of them have died. "It’s a very dificult situation," said the Webster police chief in a press conference. Police have apparently located at least one gunman (it's unclear if there are more) who had a gun shot wound. They wouldn't say if that was self-inflicted or a result of crossfire with the SWAT team, who arrived to help fireman as they battled a blaze and were shot at.

Firefighters bravely continued to fight the blaze, which ultimately destroyed two homes, despite four of their men being shot.

So what exactly is the solution in this scenario? The NRA would say that armed security guards should accompany firemen on all of their calls, I'm sure. Orrrrrr maybe we could make it more difficult for people to have guns. You know, just a thought.

It takes a pretty repulsive person to shoot upon first reponders who are there to save you. Truly a cowardly and horrific act if I ever heard one. The NRA thinks the solution to criminals with guns is non-criminals ("good guys" in the words of NRA honcho Wayne LaPierre) with guns, then a) How are ALLLLL these criminals getting guns? Cause everyone who shoots an innocent person is a criminal, correct? b) People aren't generally considered criminals until they shoot an innocent person. If you think people walk into a gun show with a sign on their head saying, "I'm going to kill two firemen or 20 children" -- well, you'd be dead wrong.

Does this incident make you think about gun control?

* Update: The shooter has reportedly been identified as William Spengler, 62, who spent 17 years in prison for killing his grandmother in 1980.

* Update: The firemen were reportedly shot with a .233-caliber Bushmaster semiautomatic assault rifle. The same type used in the Newtown killings. As a convicted felon, Spengler shouldn't have owned a rifle; no word on where he got it.


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2nino... 2ninos4me

All these gun related tragedies could have been prevented if getting a freaking gun wasnt as easy as getting a damn pack of gun smh . Rip firefighters :(

bills... billsfan1104

2ninos, getting a gun LEGALLY is not easy.  Just ask my parents and my sister and my brother. 

nonmember avatar Common.Sense

Too many people drink the NRA koolaid. The one and only thing that reduces gun violence is reducing the number of guns. The paranoid wackos just can't stop deep-throating LaPierre long enough to look at actual facts!!

bills... billsfan1104

The shooter killed his Grandmother 18 years ago--I said mother.  He was a sick guy.  Lets find out how he got his guns, before you start sceaming to take away our guns.

Bj TheEnigma Fish

Vegeta's sense of humor is over 9000! And its awesome :D

nonmember avatar Really

How about you tell the facts nobody wants to hear your liberal spin. This man was an ex con who was not allowed to own weapons! He beat his grandmother to death and was let out of prison!! The bad guys will always get guns. Go hide under a rock

Flori... Floridamom96

Are you incapable of discussing any horrific crime without exploiting it for political gain?

Mommi... MommietoJB

What a horrible thing to happen, something must be done to curb gun violence. This is not a one solution problem.

Vegeta Vegeta

Well played bj. But I'm serious about the first part. Metaphorical on the second.

AliNo... AliNoelle

I know the solution to this! More guns. It's always more guns. Amiright?

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