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2 firefighters shot, killed while battling New York blaze

9:17 am - 12/24/2012

(CNN) -- At least two firefighters died when they were shot at the scene of a blaze in upstate New York on Monday, police said.
Two other firefighters were injured, police in Webster, New York, told reporters.

Authorities believe one or more shooters took aim at the firefighters after they left their vehicles, Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.
It was unclear whether there were any suspects.

"We have different individuals that were possible people with knowledge, but at this point I can't really comment," Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn told reporters.

For hours, the gunfire stopped firefighters from working to extinguish the fire and forced police SWAT teams to evacuate homes in the area.

Firefighters first arrived before 6 a.m., said Rob Boutillier, Webster's fire marshal. By 9 a.m., flames had engulfed three houses and a vehicle, he said.

"It's still an active crime scene," Pickering said. "We have firefighters there at the location. It took a while to make it safe ... to put out the fires."

Doctors were treating the wounded firefighters Monday morning, said Teri D'Agostino, a spokeswoman for Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. They were in guarded condition, she said.

One firefighter escaped from the scene in his own vehicle about an hour after he was shot, then was taken to the hospital by an ambulance from another location, Boutillier said. He was listed in satisfactory condition, Boutillier said.

Another wounded firefighter was conscious and speaking when he was removed from the scene, Boutillier said.

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lunchy 24th-Dec-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
Holy crap this is like 15 mins from my apartment. This is just too awful, on CHRISTMAS FUCKING EVE no less!
otana 24th-Dec-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
I read this story out to my gf and she said she saw a similar plot in a movie once (gunmen shooting at firefighters) and laughed because she thought it was ridiculous because no one would shoot at firefighters, of all people.

This is heartbreaking.
betray802 25th-Dec-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
It was also an ep of Walker, Texas Ranger.
pandaeatworld 24th-Dec-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Humanity, what the fuck. Get it together. I don't know if the worlds gotten a whole lot worse in the last decade or if I'm just more aware but I cannot believe stuff like this happens....

It seems like every day brings another headline that makes me lose faith in my fellow human beings, and that's the one thing everyone should share faith in...
aviv_b 24th-Dec-2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Jesus fucking Christ on a cracker. Merry Christmas, bah humbug.
bowling_otaku 24th-Dec-2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
What the actual fuck.
moonshaz 24th-Dec-2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
For hours, the gunfire stopped firefighters from working to extinguish the fire and forced police SWAT teams to evacuate homes in the area.

[Edited to change image, because I didn't realize how freaking ginormous that first one was going to be!]

Edited at 2012-12-24 09:39 pm (UTC)
cozmic_oceanz 24th-Dec-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
what the everloving fuck =[
hey_kayla_jay 24th-Dec-2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
This has gotta be the most fucked up year regarding mass shootings to happen in a long time...
shadowwolf1321 24th-Dec-2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
This is like 1 1/2 hours away from me.

This has to be the most fucked up year.

dienaid 24th-Dec-2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
This happened in the place my friend grew up, on the street she grew up on. :/
the_physicist 24th-Dec-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
-_- my thoughts are with the families so close to the holidays and all... just terrible.
a_phoenixdragon 24th-Dec-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh my gods...I hope they are okay. And that they continue to recover well. This is just horrifying. Has this whole country gone insane?

Blessings and sympathy to the families of those firefighters who were killed.

Edited at 2012-12-24 11:04 pm (UTC)
jwaneeta 25th-Dec-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Two of them are dead on Christmas eve. It's too much.
forevertiffanys 25th-Dec-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
And all my father whom is a firefighter had to say about this was..."This is why we can't allow those hippies to take our guns."


R.I.P to the firefighters who were killed.
jwaneeta 25th-Dec-2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Wait, what.
jwaneeta 25th-Dec-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
This is it for my brain.
kitanabychoice 25th-Dec-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
smdh, what the fuck man. I saw a post about this on facebook and I didn't even think it was serious, this is so out there.
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