by Scott Creighton
UPDATE: Here’s another interesting thing: during the police statement, the officer tells residents of the area that 89 homes had their doors kicked in while the police were still doing a sweep for the shooter. Well, these doors were kicked in long after the shooting was over and Spengler’s body had been found. They didn’t kick in the doors to 89 homes before looking over that berm where the shooter had been picking them off from. And that is where they found Spengler.
So who were they looking for? Is that the cops’ way of telling us they were looking for another shooter… the real shooter?
UPDATE: According to a police statement delivered yesterday, shooter was armed with a Bushmaster .223 equipped with a flash suppressor. He was in the location I described in the earlier article, up on that hill “next to a tree”. His sister was found dead in the home and there is a note… type written. Whether is was signed and where it was found is undetermined. The officer says the letter does not clarify motive.
A CNN interview with a neighbor suggests William had a good relationship with his neighbors, going to their homes for picnics, and was attentive and loving to his mother but that he certainly did not like his sister. The neighbor states that his sister wasn’t friendly at all.
Spengler’s former neighbor, Roger Vercruysse, said that Spengler was a nice guy who used to come over to Vercruysse’s sister’s house for holiday parties and would wave to the family from his front porch, where he often sat during the summer.
“He’d come to our house, we used to have picnics,” he said.
Spengler was especially attentive to his mother, who passed away in October, Vercruysse said, visiting her every day in the nursing home where she lived until she died.
“He loved his mama,” Vercruysse said. “He always talked about his mother.”
Spengler did not share the same closeness with his sister, with whom he shared his home, Vercruysse said.
“He told me he hated his sister and never could tell me why,” he said. “I’d always wave to the sister, but she was not friendly.”
And now we are too believe that this nice guy who visited his mother in the nursing home everyday and who liked his neighbors and was invited to their homes, suddenly for no reason decided to burn down his neighborhood, the homes of those friends of his, and kill local firefighters?
The note provides no motive. We still have no idea where those guns came from. The assault weapon had a flash suppressor attached to it in order to make it more difficult for the pinned down victims to target the shooter and return fire (as if he knew it was standard practice for the fire department to send a local cop to every call) and as the officer said, the shooter was moving east along the berm, as if he were on his way to the section I described and possibly a waiting craft on Lake Ontario. The guns are still not traced back to him or anyone else that I know of as of yet.
When I first looked at the location of the Webster, New York ambush I thought to myself “Well if you are going to set up an ambush with a built in escape route, you couldn’t do better than this”
Right behind the berm where the shooter of was set-up is Lake Ontario and the beach where William Spengler’s body was found.
From that location someone could cover both access routes onto the island, one street, for quite a ways and then after the cowardly ambush, they could easily get away in a waiting boat on the beach. They wouldn’t have much to worry about behind them because the only property back there is a restaurant which was certainly closed at 5 am in the morning.
I thought about all of this last night but didn’t write about it because details had not emerged about where the shooter had been found other than to say he had been found “on the beach near his home”
Today that changed: he was exactly where I figured he would be and was found with guns that were not traceable to him.
“The 62-year-old convicted felon had apparently set a trap, luring in first responders and then firing on them from atop an earthen berm.” NBC News
“We’re assuming he was shooting from a high ground advantage on a berm near the home,” said Chief Gerald Pickering. “He had set himself up with his weapons to shoot the innocent responders.” I-Team
“Spengler lay in wait outdoors for the firefighters’ arrival, then opened fire probably with a rifle and from atop an earthen berm, Pickering said. “It does appear it was a trap,” he said.” Huffington Post
Below are three images taken from Google Earth of the location in Webster NY. You will notice if you look at the Google Earth app that it is located on an inlet pass so there is no other way in or out of that spot, the ambush, other than that road which could easily be observed by the shooter in the location he chose.
It is the perfect spot for an ambush and exit. Strange how a guy would pick that location who intended to kill himself and had no combat training.
This is the overall view of the location:
This is the home which was set on fire which was the bait for the firemen:
And this is the street view of the berm in which the shooter was lying in wait.
Beyond that picnic table is presumably where the body of the suspect was found. As you can see, the berm itself not only provides an elevated shooting position to the assassin, but also it blocks the view of the lake so pinned down fire fighters and the off duty officer could not see someone making an escape onto Lake Ontario. Even the raised camera of the Google Street View vehicle can’t see over it to the lake behind.
The suspected shooter of course is dead so there will never be a trial or a real investigation.
This shooter is a bit different than the others of late in that he had a violent past some years ago, but nothing, not one single run-in with law enforcement since.
His mother died recently and left a note that donations could be made to the local fire department. Thus, they are trying to spin that as the motive, but it hardly makes any sense.
His sister lived in the home with the suspect and they didn’t get along according to reports and of course she too is missing.
A big stickler for this story is the fact that no one knows where the guns came from.
“Spengler was a convicted felon and thus was not allowed by law to purchase or possess firearms. A source tells News10NBC that authorities do know the identity of the person who the guns are registered to and are now trying to determine how they got into the hands of Spengler.” I-Team
The death of the mother and his history of violence will certainly be spun as the motive behind this ambush but that’s thin at best. The guy never even showed up on any law enforcement radar since getting out of prison so why suddenly target local firemen with a gun that seems to have magically appeared in his hands?
The fact that he doesn’t own the guns himself definitely serves the purposes of the gun-grabbers out there. They can say it’s not enough to keep felons and crazies from buying guns because of this. They can say they have to remove them altogether from the communities since they can get their hands on them other ways.
I can’t help but think about the 3 cops killed in an ambush bombing attack in Italy back during the start of Operation Gladio. There is something especially vile about killing public servants and kids.
There is no way to fully understand the sorrow of the families of those two fallen first responders especially considering it’s Christmas. Perhaps William Spengler simply went off for some unknown reason and decided to target these men because of some note in his mother’s obituary. But I find it hard to swallow that it just so happened to take place, in a circumstance like this one, at a time that is so completely overcharged politically for a change in our rights and even the constitution itself. I find it hard to believe he would set it up so skillfully and find the exact kind of guns various interests wish to do away with. And then just stop shooting and kill himself, back behind the berm where no one could see him do it.
I find all of that hard to believe but what I do know is that there are families out there suffering right now, this holiday season, and to them … there are no words.