Shooter Dead in Killing of 2 NY Firefighters
5 shot responding to house fire that police say was set as a trap
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 24, 2012 9:17 AM CST
Updated Dec 24, 2012 11:41 AM CST
Map locates Webster, NY, where firefighters were shot   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – At least two firefighters were killed and two others hospitalized after someone shot at them while they responded to a fire that has now engulfed three houses in Webster, New York. The shooter has been found dead of a gunshot wound outside the house where the fire broke out at around 5:45am, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Officials now say that fire was set as a trap. Firefighters arrived soon thereafter, but came under fire after exiting their vehicles. “These people get up the middle of the night to fight fires. They don't expect to be shot and killed,” says Webster's police chief.

Killed were 43-year-old Mike Chiapperini, a volunteer firefighter, and Tomasz Kaczowka, who firefighters say was in his early 20s. The department is reeling: “These firemen are part of our family," says a fire commissioner. "You go into a fire with these guys. To see them go down with something like this is totally unexpected. We are in shock." For hours, the gunfire held the firefighters back, as the flames expanded to neighboring homes, CNN reports. Authorities are evacuating residents and searching the area. "Some people on this bus already watched their houses burn," said one resident being evacuated. "They're not happy."

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8string
Dec 25, 2012 11:29 AM CST
This is a time in American history, when malignant spirits have been incarnateing into our society to create as much suffering as possible on Earth.They come from darkness and shall return to the dark. Regardless of the mental health or gun issue, although these are relavent. these beings have possibly been here before to commit the worst sin which is murder. There is never a plausible motive because these spirits come from ignorance and are commited to perdition.We as children of the light will become more aware of the CHRIST SPIRIT and the fine vibrations through meditation and prayer. Satan is already defeated so stand strong and know who the Devil is "CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT"
Chatsworth
Dec 25, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Unbelievable.These firefighters risk their lives in a crazy-dangerous profession,or as in this case, they were volunteers, and an arsonist guns them down while they try and save people's homes.Is this guy the second nastiest piece of excement to hit the newsbroadcasts this holiday season?
jgarbuz
Dec 25, 2012 9:01 AM CST
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