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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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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.
a_phoenixdragon 25th-Dec-2012 06:21 am (UTC)
Oh great gods...

My heart goes out to them.

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.
ceruleanst 25th-Dec-2012 03:25 am (UTC)

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.
ebay313 25th-Dec-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
What a horrible christmas eve :( Those poor families.
tabaqui 25th-Dec-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
What was the damn *point*? Why do this? What did shooting firefighters accomplish? Just....WTF.

I am so over people. All of them.
tothechangmin 25th-Dec-2012 07:15 am (UTC)
jfc and on christmas eve. the fact that the fire was set up to lure people in just so the shooter could shoot them is really disgusting. fuck.
anjak_j 25th-Dec-2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
My thoughts go out the the families of the firefighters who were killed, and to those families who lost their homes in the blaze.

What the homeowner did in setting this trap... there are few greater atrocities than someone shooting at those people who safeguard the lives of their community.
akycha 25th-Dec-2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Jesus Harriet Christ on a jet-propelled skateboard, every time I think people cannot possibly do anything worse they prove me wrong. All those families and the families of the firefighters. I cannot even.
ayajedi 25th-Dec-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
How horrible!!! My thoughts go out to the firefighters and their loved ones
glass_houses 26th-Dec-2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
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