24 hours of terror in Mohawk Valley ends with suspect's death
HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - 24 hours of terror came to an end the same way it began, with gunfire. Law enforcement officials shot and killed alleged gunman Kurt Myers, the man suspected of shooting six people Wednesday, killing four of them.
Myers was found hiding in an abandonded building, the former Glory Days bar, on North Main Street in the Village of Herkimer. Officials say nearly 20 armed gunmen entered the building. Myers fired a shot, killing an FBI K-9 and police returned fire, killing Myers.
Police said Thursday that they had no contact with Myers while he was inside the building, which ended up being for about 20 hours.
Police had the building secured overnight, following an afternoon and evening of close watch. Around 2:00 p.m., Myers and police exchanged brief gunfire. Myers began hiding after ditching his car not far from the building.
Suspect abandons car, hides out in building
Authorities say Myers abandoned his car, which was found empty on North Main Street in Herkimer.
Several police agencies including SWAT teams and sniper shooters had the area surrounded.
Several school districts in Herkimer and Oneida Counties either were put under lock-down or canceled after school activities.
Fire/explosion reported in Mohawk
Fire crews were called to the scene Wednesday morning of a fire at 32 South Washington Street in the Village of Mohawk. The address was listed as the home of Kurt Myers, who allegedly started the fire and then went on a shooting spree.
Shots fired at John's Barber Shop in Mohawk
According to New York State Police, Myers went to John's Barber Shop at 17 Main Street, also in Mohawk, where he shot four people, killing two of them.
68-year-old Harry Montgomery and 57-year-old Michael Ransear were pronounced dead at the scene.
John Seymour and Dan Haslauer were sent to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, both originally listed in critical condition. Seymour was upgraded to fair condition late Wednesday night.
Shots fired at Gaffey's Fast Lube in Herkimer
Police say Myers left Mohawk and travelled to Gaffey's Fast Lube where he then allegedly shot and killed Thomas Stefka and Michael Renshaw. Myers left the scene and headed toward North Main Street.
Suspect's landlord: "Quite surprised by this."
NEWSChannel 2 spoke to Bob Harrod, who is Myers' landlord. He said, "He was one of our best tenants. Always paid his rent on time. Quiet individual. Never complained. This is actually quite surprising to me."
Governor visits Mohawk Valley
In light of the shootings, Governor Andrew Cuomo left Albany suddenly and traveled to Herkimer County. He later joined the State Police Superintendent for a press conference.
Reaction to Cuomo's visit was mixed, being praised on one hand for his quick response and being criticized on the other hand because of his recent SAFE Act legislation that hit close to home in nearby Ilion and its flagship Remington Arms plant.