Dawn Nyugen was arrested in connection to the tragic Webster firefighter shooting. The woman was a neighbor of the convicted felon who shot four New York firefighters before taking his own life. Nyugen allegedly purchased the guns for William Spengler, even though she knew that the man who spent over a decade in jail for killing his grandmother with a hammer was not allowed to possess firearms.
Spengler selected the shotgun and semiautomatic rifle he used to kill two Webster firefighters and injure two more. An off-duty police officer who attempted to help the injured firefighters was also wounded during the horrific shooting. Spengler reportedly went to the sporting goods store with Dawn Nyugen, according to the Huffington Post.
Nyugen was arrested on Friday. William Spengler’s neighbor faces federal charges for knowingly making a false statement when she signed the gun store form noting she would be the legal owner of the weapons, WTSP News notes. State Police Senior Investigator James Newell notes that the Rochester area woman also faces a state charge for filing a falsified business record.
William Spengler used an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun when he fatally wounded Webster firefighters Michael Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowka.
If the gun liability insurance law which has been tossed around as a gun control measure was already in place, Dawn Nyugen could also be held accountable for the murders of the local heroes of the West Webster Fire Department. Gun rights advocates largely do not support such a mandate and consider it an infringement upon Second Amendment rights. The argument could be made that criminals have always found a way to get their hands on guns and such a law would only increase the cost of ownership for law-abiding citizens.