Firefighting

Webster NY Gunman Left Note Detailing Plans

The gunman who killed two firefighters during a pre-dawn ambush on emergency responders in suburban Rochester (NY) left behind a note outlining his “clear intent” to burn his neighborhood to the ground and “do what I like doing best, killing people,” reports Fox News.

A lone gunman, identified as William Spengler, set his home and a car on fire on Monday in what police called “a clear ambush on first responders.” Spengler was found dead at the scene. Two firefighters were killed; two others were seriously wounded.

The two to three page note contained the shooter’s “clear intent” to ambush first responders but did not reveal the shooter’s motive. The police chief said that the shooter’s motive may have taken root more than 30 years ago when the police department arrested Spengler for murdering his grandmother.

“There was no motive in the note. There were some ramblings in there. It spoke mainly of his intent to burn his neighborhood down and hurt as many people as possible before stopping,” Webster police Chief Gerald Pickering said at a press conference on Tuesday morning.

Hours later, authorities announced that human remains were found in the charred house that 62-year-old Spengler shared with his 67-year-old sister, Cheryl Spengler. Police said the victim is believed to be the shooter’s sister.

Police say Spengler armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and military-style rifle before he set his house afire to lure first responders into a pre-dawn death trap on Christmas Eve.

Pickering says Spengler “was equipped to go to war.”

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