As authorities try to make sense of the latest shooting that has left two firefighters dead in Webster, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released statements today praising the first responders and mourned the loss of life.

“New York’s first responders are true heroes as they time and again selflessly rush toward danger in order to keep our families and communities safe,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Volunteer firefighters and police officers were injured and two were taken from us as they once again answered the call of duty. We as the community of New York mourn their loss as now two more families must spend the holidays without their loved ones.”

Schnedierman, in his statement, said the investigation is still continuing into the shooting, which occurred early this morning as firefighters responded to a house fire.

Two other firefighters were injured and an off-duty police officer from Greece was hit with shrapnel.

The alleged shooter died at the scene, according to reports.

Said Schneiderman, “Following this senseless tragedy, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, heroically protecting the communities they serve. The contributions made by the fallen and injured officers in Webster will never be forgotten.”

The shooting comes just over a week after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school that left 27 people dead, including 20 children.

Cuomo has said he plans to make gun control legislation part of his 2013 agenda. A special session between Christmas and Jan. 1 to deal with gun-control legislation has not be totally ruled out by some state officials.