Two N.Y. Firefighters Shot & Killed While Battling Blaze

By Eric Dutkiewicz

December 24, 2012 Updated Dec 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM EDT

WEBSTER, N.Y. (www.incnow.tv) - Four firefighters have been shot, two fatally, after being shot while responding to a house fire in Western New York.

Police say crews responded to the home around 6 a.m. Christmas Eve, and were shot at by a lone gunman.

"It does appear that it was a trap that was set for first responders," Webster police chief Gerald Pickering says.

Two other firefighters were wounded, and are listed in guarded condition at a hospital.

The gunman was later found shot to death. Police have not confirmed whether it was by authorities or self-inflicted. He has not been identified.

"I want to emphasize at this time that the threat has been eliminated," Pickering said. "The neighborhood and the town is safe at this time."

The other firefighters had no choice but to withdraw, leaving four homes and a car to be destroyed. Another four homes had some damage, police say.

Additionally, investigators have not ruled out the possibility of finding other victims in the burned homes.




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