As first responders moved in to battle the blaze, a gunman who is still at large opened fire, prompting officials to evacuate the entire scene while the flames enveloped the house and spread to neighboring residences. A SWAT team was called to the scene to investigate. At least three houses are reported to have burned down.
Last week, National Rifle Association vice president Wayne LaPierre’s asserted that the only way to stop gun violence is to arm potential victims. But this incident is a sad reminder that sometimes even first responders are unable to protect themselves against gun violence while in the line of duty.
At a noon press conference on the shooting, a Webster police department official lamented the shooting, saying, “These people get up in the middle of the night to go put out fires. They don’t expect to be shot and killed.”
The New York Daily News reports the gunman has died of a gunshot wound.