Webster, NY, United States (4E) – Two firefighters died and another two were wounded after gunshots erupted while they were attempting to contain the fire that destroyed several houses in Webster, New York Monday morning.
According to Police Chief Gerald Pickering, officials believe one or more shooters were involved in the shooting that happened after firefighters left their vehicles to work on the blaze.
Firefighters responded initially arrived around 6 a.m. and by 9 a.m., the blaze had engulfed three houses and a vehicle, said Rob Boutillier, Webster’s fire marshal.
The gunfire delayed the response of firefighters to stop the fire and forced police SWAT teams to evacuate homes in the neighborhood.
Authorities revealed the injured firefighters, who remained in guarded condition, are being treated at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
One wounded firefighter managed to drive his own vehicle away from the scene while another was conscious and talking when he was taken from the scene, Boutillier said.
In a statement, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is a horrific shooting and a senseless act of violence.