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Firefighter killed by gunman during home welfare check

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD (April 16, 2016)–The Prince George’s County, Maryland, fire department is mourning the death of John Ulmschneider, a 13-year veteran firefighter who was shot and killed while responding to a welfare check Friday night.

Ulmschneider, who is survived by his wife and 2-year-old daughter, died after he and firefighter Kevin Swain entered a home for a “check on the welfare” call and were shot at by someone inside, the Prince George’s County fire department said.

Ulmschneider, 37, was hospitalized in extremely critical condition with a gunshot wound to the upper body, the fire department said. He died at Med Star Southern Maryland Hospital Center.

Meanwhile, Swain, 19, a volunteer firefighter who was shot four times, is expected to survive his injuries, officials said today.

Swain underwent surgery at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Surgeons completed the operation early this morning and Swain remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition, officials said.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. Friday when firefighters responded to a “check on the welfare” call in Temple Hills, after someone had reported that they could not contact another family member who lives in the home, the fire department said.

After no one answered the door, firefighters entered, and someone fired at Ulmschneider, Swain and the family member who had called 911, the fire department said.

The family member’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, the Prince George’s County Police Department said.

Officials said today that two other Morningside Volunteers members were injured while seeking cover during the shooting — one firefighter sustained a knee injury and another sustained a jaw injury. Both were treated at a hospital and released early this morning.

The suspected shooter, whose identity was not released, was taken into custody and is being interviewed, the police said. No charges have been filed at this time, police said.