Firefighters Recover From Shooting As Feds Track Guns


The Rochester-area firefighters wounded by a gunman as they responded to a blaze are on the mend and thankful for the outpouring of support.

Joseph Hofstetter and Theodore Scardino said in a statement released by Strong Memorial Hospital that they are "humbled and overwhelmed."

Police say William Spengler Jr. set his house ablaze Monday and then opened fire on responders, killing two. Spengler then killed himself. Seven houses burned down.

Hofstetter was hit in the pelvis and Scardino was hit in the shoulder and knee.

Surgeon Nicole Stassen says they're doing well and were upgraded to satisfactory condition Wednesday.

The firefighters ask that acts of kindness be directed to others, including those who lost homes in the blaze.

Federal agents, meanwhile, say they've traced the buyer and seller of weapons used in the ambush, but they can't release those details because the investigation is ongoing.

Special Agent Mike Campbell of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday agents have turned over the information to state police.

Troopers are investigating how Spengler, an ex-convict got the firearms used in Monday's pre-dawn attack.

Spengler spent 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer slaying of his grandmother.

Convicted felons are prohibited from owning firearms.

Police say Spengler had a semiautomatic rifle, shotgun and revolver.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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