New York firefighters were called to the upstate New York blaze on Lake Road about 5:30 a.m. Authorities said there could be one or more shooters Monday morning.
A gunman shot four volunteer firefighters and killed two of them at the scene of a house fire in the upstate New York town of Webster on Monday morning, officials said.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office evacuated the neighborhood after at least one shooter exchanged gunfire with an officer who first responded to the scene near the Lake Ontario shore east of Rochester. The Christmas Eve blaze burned three homes and a car as firefighters fought flames alongside cops searching for the shooting suspect or suspects.
The West Webster Fire Department, a mix of volunteer and paid firefighters, was called to put out a single house fire along Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. But as the blaze spread to two other homes and a vehicle, firefighters were forced back amid chaos when a shooter started gunning down their colleagues, Sheriff Patrick O’Flynn said.
He had no other information on the shootout.
Two died in the attack, but two others with gunshot wounds were listed in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. An update on their condition was expected Monday afternoon.
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