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Woman Charged With Providing Guns Used in Webster Shooting

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A Greece woman has been charged with buying the guns used in the Christmas Eve shooting ambush of police and fire crews responding to a fire.

According to Federal officials, 24-year-old Dawn Nguyen is charged with knowingly making a false statement in connection with the purchase of two firearms, and falsifying business records.

Federal officials said Friday that Nguyen purchased the guns from Gander Mountain in Henrietta in June of 2010.

The guns were used to shoot Webster Police Lt. Michael Chiapperini and firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka, Theodore Scardino, and Joseph Hostetter. Chiapperini and Kaczowka died from their injuries.

The gunman, William Spengler Jr., died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He spent nearly two decades behind bars after pleading guilty in the beating death of his grandmother and was not allowed to purchase guns legally.

Nguyen is scheduled to return to court in Henrietta on January 8th, 2013.

The investigation continues.

Click on the video box to watch the U.S. Attorney's press conference.

The man who ambushed four fire fighters on Christmas Eve died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office found that the shooter, William Spengler, died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The Medical Examiner found that he had no other gunshot wounds.

Meanwhile, State Police also released the results of the autopsies performed on the victims. Firefighter Mike Chiapperini died from a single gunshot wound. Police say firefighter Tomasz Kaczowka died from two gunshot wounds.

Funerals for the fallen firefighters are scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

State Police say the ME's office is still working to identify a body found in the rubble of Spengler's home. Webster police believe the remains are that of the shooter's sister.

Meanwhile, the two firefighters injured in the shootings, Joe Hofstetter and Ted Scardino, have been upgraded to satisfactory condition.

State police say they're working with the ATF to trace the weapons Spengler used in the shootings to determine where he obtained them.


Police in Webster have found human remains inside the home of 62-year-old William Spengler, who police say shot four firefighters on Monday. YNN's Christina Noce reports.

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On a quiet Christmas Eve morning, residents on Lake Road in Webster awoke to gunshots.

Police say William Spengler, who was convicted of killing grandmother in 1980, intentionally set fire to his house, then waited for first responders to arrive.

When they did, police say Spengler opened fire with a variety of different weapons, killing two volunteer firefighters: 43-year-old Lt. Mike Chiapperini and 19-year-old Tomasz Kaczowka.

Police say the medical examiner is working to identify the remains found in Spengler's home.

"That's going to take quite a period of time. The assumption is that it is the shooter's sister," said Chief Gerald Pickering of the Webster Police Department.

Fran Beth, who lives down the street from Spengler, was evacuated from her home Monday morning. She knew Spengler as a boy.

"I didn't know it was him until I saw the picture. Just a kid, just regular, I didn't notice anything different," said Beth of Spengler.

Beth says first responders acted quickly.

"The mutual aid between the fire departments the police, they came from all over," said Beth.

Police say Spengler also shot firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter before killing himself. Both Hofstetter and Scardino remain in guarded condition at Strong Hospital. Seven homes have been destroyed, but luckily no residents were injured. Local hotels offered to more than 30 displaced residents on Christmas Eve.

Investigators, meanwhile, are still looking for answers.

"Motive is always the burning question and I'm afraid we may never really know what was going on in his mind," said Pickering.

Donation websites have been set up for the firefighters' families. To make sure the donation is legitimate, the West Webster Fire Department will be setting up a fund on its website Wednesday.

Calling hours for both Chiapperini and Kaczowka will be held at Webster Schroeder High School on Friday and Saturday.

We're learning more about Monday’s fatal shooting in Monroe County that claimed the lives of two firefighters and injured two others. YNN’s Geoff Redick joins us now from Webster with the latest.

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"We did locate apparent human remains in the ruins of the house at 191 Lake Road. The medical examiner has removed these remains, again 191 Lake Road is where the shooter resided with his sister. The medical examiner will be working on the identification and I’m assuming this will take quite a period of time. The assumption is that is the shooter's sister," said Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering.

You just heard from Webster's Police chief with the very latest on the Christmas Eve shooting that rocked the community. The chief announced that a body was found in the home of 62-year-old William Spengler, the man police say opened fire on first responders Monday, killing two of them.

Authorities believe the remains are those of Spengler's sister, Cheryl, who is still unaccounted for.

Police say William Spengler set fire to his home in Webster in order to ambush first responders. Police say he killed two firefighters before engaging in a gun battle with officers.

They say Spengler had an arsenal of different weapons. He later killed himself, according to the medical examiner's officer.

Pickering said, "He had armed himself with three different weapons and an arsenal of ammunition. He had armed himself with a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver, a Mossberg .12-gauge pump shotgun and a Bushmaster .223 caliber rifle with a flash suppressor. The investigation on the lineage of the weapons is continuing. My investigators are working with the ATF, the Sheriff's investigators and the State Police criminal investigators."

Police are still unsure if there are any other victims in the rubble.

Full news conference with Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering:

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Local, county and state officials briefed the media about the fatal shooting at the scene of a house fire on Lake Road in Webster. Seth Voorhees has more.

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YNN has learned the name of the man believed to have killed two firefighters and injured two others on Lake Road in Webster Monday morning.

Police believe William Spengler, 62, intentionally started a fire that led to an ambush on first responders.

Firefighters Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka tragically lost their lives. Firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hofstetter were also shot and are recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital. An off-duty Greece police officer, John Ritter, was also hurt by shrapnel.

Police say Spengler was convicted in 1981 for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer and was released from prison in 1998. They're trying to determine how he had weapons in his possession.

"Spengler was a convicted felon. He's not allowed to possess weapons. Did he legally possess those weapons? No," said Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering.

The fire destroyed seven homes in total. 33 people were evacuated. No word yet if any of those neighbors were hurt.

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Statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo:

“State Police and our State Office of Emergency Management are working in conjunction with local law enforcement to respond to the scene of the horrific shooting that occurred early this morning in Webster as firefighters and police responded to a car fire.

All of our thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of those who were killed in this senseless act of violence.

New York's first responders are true heroes as they time and again selflessly rush toward danger in order to keep our families and communities safe. Volunteer firefighters and police officers were injured and two were taken from us as they once again answered the call of duty. We as the community of New York mourn their loss as now two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones.

On behalf of my family and all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed today and pray for the recovery of the injured.”

Statement from MCC

The president of Monroe Community College, Anne Kress, released a statement saying the community is deeply saddened by today's tragic news.

She said in part, "All four of Webster’s heroic first responders have ties to Monroe Community College. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those courageous individuals who selflessly protected their community.”

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