Christmas is the time to be jolly; but with what happened within the last two weeks, not everybody's going to be jolly. On December 14, there was the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Most of the victims were children between the ages of 5 and 10. The whole world publicly mourned for the victims of the mass shooting. Only a day ago, in Webster, New York, ex-con William Spengler decided to shoot
a couple of people before taking his own life. So far, the shooting of the first responders to the blaze, set by Spengler, was premeditated. Spengler had planned it out. What he did was set fire to his own house and lure the firefighters out.
When firefighters arrived, Spengler opened fire. Two of the people were killed and two others are in critical condition at the hospital. Nobody really knew the motivations of Spengler's act. Spengler was sent to jail in 1980 for killing his grandmother, who was 92 at the time. He spent 18 years in prison; Spengler got released in 1998. For the time, Spengler remained rather quiet. However, a friend reported that Spengler had love for his mother; but at the same time, Spengler had hate for his sister.
The Sandy Hook shooting, committed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza, sparked enough national outrage that gun legislature talks have been renewed. However, it's very likely it will turn into a very nasty political battle. The shooting committed by Spengler can be stacked onto the debate as well. You have gun-control advocates calling for a ban of assault weapons and the pro-gun advocates saying that it's the bad guys and crazies that go out committing the mass shootings. In the case of Spengler, it was an ex-convict who got his hands on an assault rifle.
It was revealed by the Webster Police Department that Spengler had the following firearms on his body: a .222-calibur Bushmaster rifle
, a .38-caliber revolver, and a 12-gauge shotgun. However, it wasn't disclosed what firearms were used to attack the firefighters. The assault rifle is reported as being the same make and caliber that Lanza had on him when he perpetrated the mass shooting on December 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary.
However, it is unknown why Spengler committed such an act; but, a note was revealed to have been typed by him beforehand. According to the note, which the authorities have yet to release as it is part of the evidence collected, Spengler typed that he wanted to burn down as much of the neighborhood as he could. In turn, when people arrived, Spengler would then kill them. Spengler said he wanted to do what he liked doing best. What Spengler did best, according to the note, was to kill people
. However, no further motive has been found in Spengler's note.
One of the people killed was Webster PD Lt. Michael Chiapperini. He was the public information officer of the WPD. Chiapperini was 43 at the time of his death. The second person, 911 dispatcher Tomasz Kaczowka, was 19 at the time of his death.
Joseph Hosfstetter, the first wounded firefighter, had a bullet lodged in his spine. Theodore Scardino, the second wounded firefighter, suffered wounds to the chest and knee.