Firefighters prepare to bury their own after ambush attack
New details emerge on gunman
- Duration 3:25
- Date Dec 26, 2012
New details emerge on gunman
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We're hearing from a police officer who survived.
The shooting that killed two volunteer firefighters.
He says he never saw the gunman pulled the trigger but he could clearly hear the gun shots.
-- all happened on Christmas Eve in upstate New York police say the shooter likely set that fire is a trap.
And just waited for first responders to arrive.
Here's how the off duty officer described the scene.
I can run a corner seconds after the fire department yes there.
-- in my assumption I don't care I don't have a sense -- many things other than eight they've grounded or something impacts my windshield.
And I hear multiple popping sounds after that in addition to ones -- heard before and I -- that point I determined.
Someone is shooting.
Flying shrapnel wounded that officer but he's now on the -- -- she could -- Meanwhile police say they're still working to figure out why the gunman -- at this apparent ambush before shooting himself in the head.
They say he did leave a note which reads in part I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burned down and do what I like doing best.
Killing people in quote she fox report correspondent Jonathan Hunt is live in -- New York City newsroom and Jonathan there is new information update now on the other survivors.
Yeah we just in the last few minutes in fact got an update from the hospital where the two wounded firefighters.
Are recovering -- -- -- By officials that the -- condition has now been upgraded to a satisfactory.
So that is some.
Good news from the hospital the -- themselves released a statement today which said in -- quote.
We deeply appreciate -- compassion and support as we focus on recovering from off physical wounds we are humbled and a bit overwhelmed.
By the outpouring of well wishes -- offs and -- found -- but while those to continue their recovery the community is preparing.
For the funerals of the two firefighters who died those will be held on Sunday and the Monday Harris.
Well you know Jonathan -- -- to share that very sick note that was left behind what's the latest on the search for why this guy did this.
A wallet cops don't have a much clue as to a motive right now but they -- looking into how -- -- -- The family relationships first stop -- -- his mother.
She died -- -- -- but he was apparently very close to.
And then there was this obituary for published at a local newspaper in which -- was requested that donations be sent to the fireman's association.
So they're looking for any sort of connection that.
Secondly -- -- sister Cheryl it's believed.
That it was the charred remains of her body noble found in the wreckage of the home and then of course there's his grandmother.
Back in 1918.
Williams banged up.
Killed his own grandmother.
Winds hey how much he -- seventeen.
Years for that crime and of course as a convicted felon.
He's not even legally allowed to own it.
Any guns we've just hearing from the ATF tonight that they have now found both the buyout.
And the sellout of the weapons that spangler had that obviously also an important part of this investigation.
-- and more to come no doubt Jonathan Hunt on the story for us tonight thank you.