Police: Suspect in Firefighter Shootings Left Note
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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