Two volunteer firefighters, Lt. Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka, were shot dead, while two others, Joseph Hofsetter and Theodore Scardino, were injured in West Webster, New York, on Monday morning by an unidentified man with an assault rifle (video below), according to initial reports. Police have yet to confirm if the killer indeed used an "assault" rifle to commit the horrible act.
The unidentified firefighters were fighting a blaze on a property on Lake Ontario, reports Fox News.
The shooter was found dead outside the home where the murders happened. He was killed by an apparent gunshot wound, reports DemocratandChronicle.com.
The fire crews were called to the scene on Websters Lake Road at about 6 a.m. After the shooting, police SWAT teams descended on the area.
Chief Gerald Pickering of the West Webster fire district told Fox News: "One or more shooters fired at the West Webster firefighters when they arrived on the scene of the fire, which had reached a home."
“These people get up in the middle of the night to fight fires. They don’t expect to be shot and killed."
Chief Pickering added that it appeared the shooter had set a trap for first responders.
However, now three homes are currently on fire, reports WHEC.com. Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies and the SWAT team are still on scene of the fire, along with multiple fire crews.
The two wounded firefighters are being treated at Strong Memorial Hospital, said hospital public relations director Terry D'Agostino.
Assemblyman Mark Johns told WHEC.com: "It's just a miserable thing to happen this time of year, any time. People who volunteer to come down and help others, to be shot at, wounded, killed. It's terrible."