New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Monday released a statement after two firefighters in Webster, N.Y. were killed by a gunman in an apparent ambush at the scene of a house fire. Two other firefighters were shot and are being treated for injuries. The suspected gunman, identified by local police as 62-year-old William Spengler, was found dead at the scene.
“State Police and our State Office of Emergency Management are working in conjunction with local law enforcement to respond to the scene of the horrific shooting that occurred early this morning in Webster as firefighters and police responded to a car fire.
“All of our thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who were killed in this senseless act of violence.
“New York's first responders are true heroes as they time and again selflessly rush toward danger in order to keep our families and communities safe. Volunteer firefighters and police officers were injured and two were taken from us as they once again answered the call of duty. We as the community of New York mourn their loss as now two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones.
“On behalf of my family and all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed today and pray for the recovery of the injured.”