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Two firefighters are dead and two more injured after being shot while battling a blaze in upstate New York on Monday morning.
As first responders moved in to battle the blaze at 5.45 am at 191 Lake Road in Webster, New York, near Rochester, a gunman who spent 17 years in prison for murder ambushed and shot at the firefighters, prompting officials to evacuate the entire scene while the flames enveloped the house and spread to neighboring residences. A SWAT team was called to the scene to investigate. At least three houses are reported to have burned down.
This incident arrives at the heels of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings on December 14, which killed 26 people including 20 children.
The gunman, William Spangler, 62, shot and killed himself after a gunfight with a police officer in Webster, a Rochester suburb, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.