Shooter who lured New York firefighters left note stating plans to kill

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Webster, NY, United States (4E) – A 62-year-old man who reportedly lured two US volunteer firefighters to their deaths in Webster, New York Monday left a letter stating his plans.

Police stated in a news conference that the gunman, William Spengler, who killed firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka and Mike Chiapperini when they arrived to extinguish the fire, had three guns and planned to burn down his neighborhood.

No motive was stated but the two-to three-page note revealed Spengler intended “to do what I like doing best, killing people.”

The firefighters were shot dead after they responded to reports of a fire. Another two firemen and an off-duty police officer were also wounded.

Seven homes in the area beside Lake Ontario were ruined by the blaze.

Police Chief Gerald Pickering said that Spengler, who apparently died of self-inflicted injury in the head, used a .38 calibre revolver, a 12-gauge shotgun and a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle with flash suppression.

Police believed he set a trap by setting his home on fire.

Spengler’s older sister, Cheryl, whom he reportedly hated, is missing.

Spengler served 17 years in jail for killing his grandmother with a hammer and was granted parole in 1998. As a convicted criminal, he was not allowed to own weapons.

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