NY Shooter: 'What I Like Best' Is 'Killing People'
William Spengler left rambling note describing intent to burn down the neighborhood
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2012 11:29 AM CST
This image taken from WHAM13-TV, shows homes on fire in an area where a gunman ambushed four volunteer firefighters early Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in Webster, NY.   (AP Photo/WHAM13-TV via AP video)

(Newser) – The Western New York gunman who yesterday morning lured firefighters to his blazing home just to shoot them down left a chilling, typewritten note, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like best: killing people,” wrote William Spengler in a note that investigators said was a rambling two or three pages. It gave no clue as to Spengler's motive, they said in a press conference this morning.

For an ex-convict barred from owning guns, Spengler had some pretty serious firepower on him, including a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, and a Bushmaster .223—the same weapon Adam Lanza carried into Sandy Hook Elementary. Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said police weren't sure which weapon killed two firefighters and injured three others, but said “We’re assuming it was the rifle, because of the distance.” "It was a combat condition,” he said of the scene yesterday morning. Police "were shooting at muzzle flash." Investigators and firefighters are continuing to comb through the scene today, and have still not located Spengler's 67-year-old sister, Cheryl Spengler.

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viva_yo
Dec 26, 2012 4:22 PM CST
"Logins"has a good idea; people with psych histories just wouldn't pass the background test without mentioning the reason, just as there's a "no fly list" there should be a "no buy list". If they can legally stop you from boarding an airline they should be able to stop madmen from buying guns.
Fransico-2012
Dec 26, 2012 3:07 PM CST
Q: Who are eventually the victims of pro-guns and pro-choice? A: The Loved Humans to the Pro-Guns policy, and the unwanted Humans to the Pro-Choice. Therefore, Humans is between pro-choice on the left and pro-guns on the right. Mr Oh-Mama should try hard to forget the souls of the unwanted humans in any of his eulogy.
Marelicia
Dec 26, 2012 2:08 PM CST
Crimes and Domestic Violence usually begin in the home. If you See something abnormal or weird. You should speak up and Say something. And I stand to be corrected. Here’s the thing. In each and every criminal action, I find that there is usually a perpetrator and a facilitator or two, directly or indirectly, who are seeing abnormal things within the home, on a daily basis, for years or decades, and chose to say absolutely nothing to the proper authorities or they chose to suffer in silence, for whatever the reason. The supposed mentally-balanced facilitators or enablers (mother, father, sister, brother or spouse) who usually share a home with a psychotic relative are deliberately turning a blind eye and refuse to report the mentally imbalanced family member to the police or fail to obtain a temporary restraining order (tso).. Unless facilitators everywhere actually speak up, take action, or properly petition the local probate or surrogate’s courts for involuntary mental health evaluation of their psychotic relative, we will, without a doubt, see more and more of the same or similar “domestic violence murders-mass killings-suicides” anywhere at any given time. Note: Here in the state of Florida, blood relatives have called 911 for their psychotic relatives lots of times. When the heavily-armed SWAT team or two responds, the psychotic relative usually threatens the police officers with an object; kitchen knife, stick, baseball bat, or gun or “resists arrest.” This gives the police authority to shoot the incurable mentally imbalanced psycho right there on the scene. The Florida State Attorney’s office always rules this type of homicide as a “justifiable police shooting” The End. # # # Got a mentally imbalanced psycho living in your home and you do not know what to do, call the 911 police and they will take care of the situation for you right there on the scene, IF the psycho is threatening to the police in any manner.