“Police are now reporting that the man who ambushed first responders in Webster, New York, armed himself with a Bushmaster AR-15 “assault style” rifle, according to Russell Goldman of ABC News.
William Spengler, 62, was already convicted of murder in 1981 for the beating death of his 92 year-old grandmother, and so was ineligible to own deadly weapons. Nonetheless, local police report that he also had a pump shotgun and a .38 caliber pistol.
The man left a note which stated that he wanted to “do what I like doing best, killing people” and that he wanted to see how much of the neighborhood he could burn down. Police say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Investigators also say they intend to find out how Spengler came to possess these weapons illegally.
The Bushmaster .223 has been involved in a number of high-profile shootings in the U.S. this year — 12 killed in Aurora, Colo. 2 in Portland, Ore. 27 in Newton, Conn. Now 2 firefighters in Webster….”