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(CBS/ AP) A gunman shot at firefighters responding to a report of a burning pickup truck early Monday, killing one, then opened fire on other emergency workers, wounding two.
The incident - which appearged to be an ambush - began at 5:40 a.m. with a report of a pickup truck fire in Maplewood, a suburban town just southwest of St. Louis. When firfighters arrived, someone began firing shots from a nearby home.
St. Mary's Hospital spokesman Eric Clark said a firefighter/paramedic from Maplewood was killed. The city identified him as 22-year-old Ryan Hummert. Officials said he was shot to death as he got off the fire truck.
The house from which the shots were fired later burned to the ground.
The incident was the latest of several high-profile crimes in the St. Louis region this year, according to CBS affiliate KMOV in St. Louis. In February, a disgruntled resident of the suburban town of Kirkwood walked into a City Council meeting and killed two police officers, two council members and the public works director before he was gunned down by police. In June, an Arkansas couple was beaten to death outside a hotel in Festus. Last week, two people died inside Jamestown Mall in north St. Louis County. And on Saturday, 57-year-old Boris Shotekoff killed his wife and sister and brutally beat his brother-in-law before taking his own life, police said.
Originally posted by Sonya610
I am interested in seeing pics of this gunman.