Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Police: NY gunman set 'trap' for firefighters


An ex-con gunned down two firefighters after luring them to his neighborhood by setting a car and a house ablaze early Monday, then took shots at police and committed suicide while several homes burned.

Authorities used an armored vehicle to help residents flee dozens of homes on the shore of Lake Ontario a day before Christmas. Police restricted access to the neighborhood, and officials said it was unclear whether there were other bodies in the seven houses left to burn.

The gunman's sister, who lived with him, was unaccounted for. The gunman's motive was unknown.
William Spengler fired at the four firefighters when they arrived shortly after 5:30 a.m. at the blaze in Webster, a suburb of Rochester, town police Chief Gerald Pickering said. The first police officer who arrived chased the gunman and exchanged shots.

Spengler lay in wait outdoors for the firefighters' arrival, then opened fire probably with a rifle and from atop an earthen berm, Pickering said.

"It does appear it was a trap," he said.

Spengler had served more than 17 years in prison for beating his 92-year-old paternal grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980 at the house next to where Monday's attack happened, Pickering said. Spengler, 62, was paroled in 1998 and had led a quiet life since, authorities said. Convicted felons are not allowed to possess weapons.

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  1. Let me see if I`ve got this right. This crazy SOB pull`s 18yrs. for beating his Grandmother to death with a hammer , and is turned loose by the benevolent state prison system of Don Goomba Cuomo. WE!, however , are already sentenced ( By the gang of 535 and their Nazi Doctrine Applied in America ) to possible ; arrest without counsel,torture,assassination,and the best one of all !. Our citizenship can be revoked by a Marxist who cannot even produce a valid birth certificate and is useing the S. S. # of a man who has been dead for a hundred yrs !. The patient`s are truly running the asylum !.

  2. I'd say you have it exactly right except that maybe you are insulting mental patients by equating them to Congress. I feel like the mental patients in the building at Highland Hospital in Asheville, in, I think, 1947 who were burnt alive by a fire they didn't start. We walked over and watched the building burn. It is believed the night nurse started the fire while cooking. The patients, nine women, were locked in. Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of them who were cremated in a locked building. Our situation is very similar.

    1. Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of them who were cremated in a locked building.

      Interesting and thanks.

  3. Meanwhile, here in Colorado, there is a big move to eliminate the death penalty.

    1. Oh, yes, we certainly want to give them a life's leisure at taxpayer's expensive.