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Local residents speak out about witnessing shootings
HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The typically peaceful Mohawk Valley's residents were going about their morning routines when tragedy struck. NEWSChannel 2 spoke with Nicole Dillon, who stood outside on Mohawk Street to have a cigarette, only to end up witnessing a double homicide.
According to New York State Police, Kurt 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.
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.
Dillon said, "We saw a guy walking around the shop. There were two shots fired. We watched him reload the gun. He was walking around. We watched him shoot the one guy then he went into the shop and shot the other guy."
Local police, State Police and United States Marshalls blocked off Gaffey's Fast Lube, one of three crime scenes part of the Herkimer County shooting spree, two shooting scenes and initial fire.
Tim Adams' 21-year-old son Cody works at Gaffey's. His son was at work at the time of the shooting, so this family can agree this was too close to home.
Adams said of a conversation with his son, "and he goes 'Dad I can't really talk. I was at the car wash. I heard two shots, bang bang' and he saw the Jeep take off and there was two dead, two of his co-workers."
Those two people killed were Thomas Stefka and Miachel Renshaw.
It is not clear if the victims had a connection to each other or the suspected shooter.