Police: Suspect in Firefighter Shootings Left Note

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WEBSTER, New York — The shooter who ambushed and killed two upstate New York firefighters Monday left a note behind indicating his intentions, police said Tuesday.

“I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best — killing people,” William Spengler, 62, said in the three-page typewritten note.

Four firefighters were shot, two fatally, while responding to the Christmas Eve fire, and investigators previously said they believed Spengler had deliberately set a trap to lure them to the scene.

Two firefighters remained hospitalized Christmas Day.

Spengler was convicted in 1981 of first-degree manslaughter for killing his grandmother, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering said.

Authorities do not know how Spengler, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, obtained the weapon he used in Monday’s shooting.

Police were back at the scene Tuesday as they continue to investigate the shooting that happened during a house fire early Monday morning.

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