I still have to… do what I like doing best – killing people: US firefighter shooter William Spengler

William Spengler, the sniper who trapped New York firefighters and ambushed them on Christmas Eve, apparently left a sinister note saying he hoped to burn down the neighbourhood and kill as many people as possible, police have said.

The sniper killed two volunteers and seriously injured another two after he set a house and car on fire on December 24, 2012. William Spengler was a convicted killer who did not have a firearm licence, NY police have said.

The ex-convict apparently left a typewritten note saying he wanted to burn down his New York state neighbourhood and “do what I like doing best, killing people,” police said.

Spengler’s note did not divulge his motive behind the shootings, said Police, and only revealed a part of the typewritten message. “I still have to get ready to see how much of the neighborhood I can burn down and do what I like doing best – killing people,” police chief Gerald Pickering read a line out of the note to media persons.

Two firefighters were shot dead and two were hospitalised. Spengler killed himself as seven houses burned around him on a narrow spit of land along Lake Ontario.

Police revealed that the ex-convict, who served 17 years in prison for the 1980 hammer killing of his grandmother, armed himself with a revolver, a shotgun and a semiautomatic rifle before he set his house in Webster on fire before dawn on Christmas Eve.

“He was equipped to go to war,” Pickering added.

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