Tragedy strikes Mohawk Valley as gunman kills four, injures two

By ANDREW DONOVAN

(WKTV) - Tragedy struck the Mohawk Valley on Wednesday as a gunman shot six people, four fatally, as they were going about their morning routines in their typically peaceful communities.
 

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 elsewhere in the village.
 

Suspect abandons car, thought to be hiding in building
Authorities say Myers abandoned his car, which was found empty on North Main Street in Herkimer. It is then thought Myers escaped to an abandoned building in that same neighborhood, which is where police are confident he was held up as late as late Wednesday night.

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.
 

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.

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