The shooter, who has not been officially identified, was
interviewed by police and released on Saturday evening, about 24
hours after the shooting took place, Prince George's County Fire
Department chief spokesman Mark Brady said.
"The way we're looking at it now is it's a terrible, terrible
tragedy for everybody involved," Brady said.
The firefighters were responding to a call on Friday to check on the
well-being of a man whose brother had been unable to contact him,
He said the brother told emergency responders that the shooter was a
diabetic, was having difficulty controlling his blood sugar
recently, and had passed out just days earlier.
When firefighters arrived, they pounded on the door and announced
themselves as the fire department. When no one answered the door,
the firefighters began forcing their way into the house and were
struck by gunfire, Brady said.
John Ulmschneider, a 37-year-old firefighter and medic, died as a
result of his injuries at an area hospital late on Friday. Kevin
Swain, 19, a volunteer firefighter in Morningside, Maryland,
remained hospitalized on Sunday and was showing signs of
improvement, Brady said.
The shooter's brother was also struck in the shoulder by gunfire,
but his injuries were not life-threatening, Brady said.
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Two other volunteers with the department sustained less serious
injuries while seeking cover in the shootings. They were released
from the hospital on Saturday.
Prince George's County Police could not be immediately reached for
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Alan
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