Another US shooting and so close to Christmas.
Two volunteer firefighters have been shot dead and two injured while responding to an emergency call in the town of Webster in New York state.
It appears the four were fired upon as they arrived at the scene of a fire early on Monday morning.
The blaze broke out just before 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT) and the shooting reportedly prevented firefighters putting it out for several hours.
A gunman has been found dead at the scene, local police say.
"Upon arrival of the first... engine company and some firefighters in their personal vehicles, they underwent gunfire from a location unknown," Webster's Fire Marshal Rob Boutillier told reporters.
The two dead firefighters were named by police as Tomasz Kaczowka and Mike Chiapperini.
An off-duty policeman who was driving by the scene at the time received shrapnel wounds and was also being treated, Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering told reporters.
Police spokesmen said the area was "an active crime scene" but that no more shooters were believed to be present.
Now we can all talk about gun control until the moon turns to cheese, but i think the most serious problem in America is the Mental Health system, these people that do these things or have the tendencies, obviously are not getting the correct care and attention that is needed, to prevent them from doing such things.