LOMPOC, Calif.- Two firefighters killed, two more are injured after a man opens fire when crews show up to battle a house fire in New York. Local firefighters react to the tragedy.
Firefighters in Webster, New York thought they were responding to just another structure fire until officials say they arrived to find 62-year-old William Spengler firing shots at crews, killing two, injuring two, then killing himself.
"This is one of those threats, if you will, that all responders face, firefighters, certainly police officers, ambulance personnel, it's just one of those factors that is a risk for all of us," said Battalion Chief Mark Clayton, Lompoc Fire Department.
For Battalion Chief Mark Clayton the shooting hits close to home for his department, after he says a man opened fire near the Lompoc fire station back in 2005.
"The room that he opened fire on there was a firefighter seated at the desk, felt the bullets whiz by. It took him a couple minutes to process what was going on, but it does happen," said Clayton.
Fortunately, the suspect missed, but Chief Clayton says it's scary to think this does happen.
"As these things occur seemingly more frequently in the back of my mind and as a battalion commander it's starting to become something more of a concern to me," he said.
A concern that is too late for the two firefighters killed in New York.
"It does appear that it was a trap set for responding first responders but causative reasons we don't have at this time," said Chief Gerald Pickering, Webster Police Department.
Battalion Chief Mark Clayton says when hearing about tragedies like this it becomes an eye opener for the entire firefighting community.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:14:07 GMT
BRIDGEPORT, CT -- Federal investigators are in Connecticut inspecting the scene of a commuter train crash. Officials said it could take days before the busy section of track reopens. During the FridayMore >>
Federal investigators are in Connecticut inspecting the scene of a commuter train crash. Officials said it could take days before the busy section of track reopens.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:08:19 GMT
DAMASCUS, VA -- According to the Associated Press, a car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in Damascus, a small Virginia town. Around 50 to 60 people were hurt, according to reports. No fatalitiesMore >>
According to the Associated Press, a car drove into a group of hikers at a parade in Damascus, a small Virginia town.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:08:42 GMT
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- The 4-H kids program trains future leaders in agriculture and community service across the Santa Barbara County but it is in danger of being cut altogether. The 4H program receivesMore >>
The 4H program receives $143,000 from the county which is scheduled to decide if it will continue or cut the funding this June 10th.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:06 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:06:55 GMT
PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- Some like to show off vintage cars while others in Pismo Beach like to show off vintage trailers. The Pismo Beach community got a blast from the past as more than 300 vintage trailersMore >>
The Pismo Beach community got a blast from the past as more than 300 vintage trailers rolled through Pismo Coast Village this weekend. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-18 15:15:59 GMT
LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc Fire Department held its lottery on Friday morning for local groups to sell "safe and sane" fireworks for its upcoming Fourth of July celebration. Fire officials held a blindMore >>
LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc Fire Department held its lottery on Friday morning for local groups to sell "safe and sane" fireworks for its upcoming Fourth of July celebration.More >>