December 21, 2014
Authorities kill upstate New York gunman
Authorities today killed a man suspected of shooting dead four people a day earlier in separate incidents at a barbershop and a car wash in neighboring upstate New York towns, police said.
The suspected gunman, identified as Kurt Myers, 64, was killed in a shootout with police and FBI agents at a building in Herkimer, New York, where he had barricaded himself the previous day, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico said.
As the authorities entered the first floor of the abandoned building, the gunman, described as a loner, opened fire on them, striking and killing an FBI police dog, D'Amico said. The gunman was then shot and killed.
"He engaged them almost immediately," D'Amico said at a press conference. "It all took place shortly before 8 a.m. this morning, and it all unfolded and concluded in a matter of minutes. We know he had the shotgun with him that he used in yesterday's attacks."
Four people were killed and two others critically injured in the shootings on Wednesday in the sleepy New York villages of Herkimer and Mohawk, which face one another across the Mohawk River. The villages are about 220 miles northwest of New York City.
Police said they did not know of a motive behind the shooting sprees.
"The violence that was inflicted yesterday on these victims was horrible," D'Amico said.
Shortly before 9:30 a.m. EDT yesterday, Myers drove to John's Barber Shop in Mohawk, and after a brief exchange of words inside the shop, he opened fire with a shotgun, according to police.
Two customers were killed, and the owner and another customer were critically wounded, D'Amico said. They remained in critical condition today, he said.