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AP: Two firefighters killed in shooting in Western New York

Authorities near Rochester say four were shot and two killed while fighting a fire, according to reports


Jillian Rayfield
December 24, 2012 8:40PM (UTC)

The AP is reporting that four firefighters have been shot and two killed in a shooting that occurred while they were fighting a fire in Western New York, near Rochester.

According to local authorities, the area of Webster is being evacuated after a shooter opened fire on firefighters who were responding to a fire, around 6 a.m. this morning. The fire is reportedly still going.

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From the AP:

Chief Gerald Pickering says "one or more shooters" fired at the firefighters Monday morning. Officials say they had arrived at the scene of the blaze near the Lake Ontario shore around 6 a.m.

Officials say a fire started in one home and spread to two others and a car. Officials say there is no active shooter at the scene.

“I’m not aware of anything like this happening in Webster, obviously not a firefighter being fired upon,” Webster Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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