NY firefighter gunman 'left note'

A man who allegedly shot dead two firefighters as they tackled a fire in Webster in New York state left a chilling note declaring his plan to "kill people", police said.

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New York Governor: 'First responders are true heroes'

The New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has paid tribute to the two firefighters killed and two wounded by a gunman who apparently lured them into a trap:

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Police officer received shrapnel injuries during shooting

An off duty police officer who happened to be near the scene of the shooting in Webster, New York, has received shrapnel injuries.

A police spokesman said: "Off duty police officer John Ritter who happened to be driving by the scene received injuries from shrapnel striking the side of his body.

"33 residents were removed by the armed personal carrier from the location. Four homes were fully engulfed and destroyed by the fire, and four additional houses sustained damage."

Police confirm that four firefighters shot at the scene

Police in Webster, New York State have confirmed that all four firefighters involved in the shooting earlier this morning were shot at the scene.

A police spokesman said: "All four firefighters were shot at the scene. One firefighter was able to flee the scene on his own. The other three were pinned down at the location."

"Two received serious injuries from the shots and are being treated at local hospitals."

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