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WEBSTER, N.Y. - Two firefighters are dead and two more injured after being shot while battling a blaze in upstate New York on Monday morning, reports CBS affiliate WROC.
Police Chief Gerald Pickering says "one or more shooters" fired at the firefighters when they arrived at the scene of the blaze near the Lake Ontario shore just east of Rochester at around 6 a.m.
Police have surrounded the neighborhood and are searching for the shooter....
Wayne La Pierre - "Have a SWAT team sweep and secure the area before firefighters are dispatched to fight a fire. If this killer didn't have a gun, he could have dug booby traps with poisoned punji sticks made of sharpened bamboo to do the same thing, are we going to ban shovels?"
...For hours, the gunfire stopped firefighters from working to extinguish the fire and forced police SWAT teams to evacuate homes in the area.
Firefighters first arrived before 6 a.m., said Rob Boutillier, Webster's fire marshal. By 9 a.m., flames had engulfed three houses and a vehicle, he said.
"It's still an active crime scene," Pickering said. "We have firefighters there at the location. It took a while to make it safe ... to put out the fires."...