As the nation still mourns the campus massacre this month at a Connecticut elementary school, now a gunman in upstate New York set a trap and has shot four firefighters, killing two and seriously injuring two others, as they responded to a blaze this morning.

“It does appear that it was a trap that was set for first responders,” said a tearful Gerald Pickering, police chief of Webster, N.Y.

“These are volunteers who get up in the middle of the night to fight fires, they don’t expect to be shot and killed.”

Shots were initially fired at West Webster firefighters as they arrived at 5:35 a.m. to battle the blaze along Lake Road in Webster, some 10 miles west of Rochester.

The apparent gunman was found dead in an area outside the scene, but it remains unclear if he took his own life or was killed by a police officer. The gunman’s identity was not immediately released.

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