Update, 12:18 Police are continuing to investigate what may have motivated Kurt Myers to shoot six people Wednesday, and say they’ll continue to be a “noticeable presence” in Herkimer today.
Anyone who may have information on Myers is asked to call state police at (315) 866-7275.
The Utica Observer-dispatch reports today that state police are saying the two people who Myers shot and didn’t kill yesterday are in critical and serious condition. However, the paper reports St. Elizabeth Medical Center said one was in fair condition, and information on the other wasn’t available.
Update, 10:26 Not a lot of new information but a clearer picture emerging this morning of what happened yesterday in Herkimer. This from the Albany Times-Union:
Kurt Myers, the 64-year-old man who police said waged a shooting spree that left four dead the day before, was shot dead after opened fire on a police and FBI tactical team that swept into a building here Thursday morning, State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said.
Authorities entered the building on North Main Street shortly before 8 a.m., he said, and were quickly greeted by gun shots from Myers.
One shot killed an FBI dog. Police returned fire, killing Myers.
“As unfortunate as it is that a canine lost his life, it could have easily been an officer,” D’Amico said.
The superintendent called the work of the officers “nothing short of heroic.”
Myers had been hiding inside an abandoned building on North Main Street since shortly after he killed people at a local barber shop in neighboring Mohawk and a car garage in Herkimer on Wednesday afternoon. Police kept the building under constant surveillance. Throughout the 17-hour standoff, Myers never communicated with police.
Nearly 24 hours after the rampage, police said they still have no clear explanation for why he went on a rampage that left two people dead in Mohawk and two more dead in Herkimer.
Update, 10:04 am: State police to start a press conference shortly. We’ll have more when we know.
UPDATE, 8:42am: The Associated Press reports that police have killed suspect Kurt Myers in a shootout. Trooper Jack Keller says police went into the building around 8am. He says the shootout occurred in a basement, where Myers shot a police dog. Keller says police returned fire, killing Myers.
SWAT teams have moved in on a row of shops in the village of Herkimer where they believe a gunman who killed four people and wounded two others yesterday may be hiding. According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, loud bangs, alarms, and a PA system were heard early this morning.
Police are using a track-driven robot with a camera on top to try to apprehend 64 year-old Kurt Meyers, who they believe is still alive inside the building. The standoff began yesterday afternoon around 1 after the shootings at a barbershop in nearby Mohawk and a carwash in Herkimer. Around 1:30, there was an exchange of gunfire between police and the shooter. Watch a video of that moment here.
At a press conference yesterday, state police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said police were prepared to wait the suspect out. Citing officer safety, D’Amico said, “we’re in no rush to bring this to a conclusion. We want to make sure no one else gets injured.”
Governor Cuomo was in Herkimer at the press conference yesterday. He called the situation “bleak” and said it would take New York “a long, long time to come to grips” with what is unfolding in Herkimer County.
All six victims are men. Two of the four who were killed were corrections officers. Michael Renshaw was a 23-year employee of the state corrections department who worked at Mid-State Correctional Facility near Utica. 57-year-old Michael Ransear was a retired prison guard.
Also killed were Thomas Stefka, who worked at the car wash and played guitar during services at a local church, and 68-year-old Harry Montgomery, who was a customer at the barber shop. The barber, John Seymour, was also shot and is reported in fair condition.
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