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Son of Ex-Neighbor Says Gun Used by Spengler Was Stolen

11:29 PM, Dec 28, 2012   |    comments
William Spengler, Monroe County Sheriff's Office
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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Report

The son of Dawn Welsher, a woman linked to a firearm used in the Christmas Eve shooting of four volunteer firefighters, said Friday the weapon actually was stolen from his sister's car.

"They think they sold him the guns, but he stole them," said the woman's 18-year-old son, Steven Nguyen, in the doorway of the family's Seneca County home.

Reached at a home in Greece, Welsher said her lawyer advised her not to speak to the media. "All I can say is, I'm being set up," she said from the doorway.

Nguyen said his mother was questioned by police Monday. She left her home early Friday morning for her daughters' Greece residence.

Armed with a Bushmaster .223 rifle, a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, and a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber handgun, William Spengler shot four firefighters, killing two - Lt. Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka - and severely injuring two others before shooting himself fatally in the head. The fire burned for hours unchecked because of the danger Spengler posed. It destroyed seven houses and seriously damaged two others.

The woman and her son said they are former neighbors of Spengler on Lake Road, where the shootings occurred.

Law enforcement sources said Thursday that an arrest in the case was imminent.

 

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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