HERKIMER, N.Y. (CBS NEWS) - Authorities said the suspected gunman who went on a
rampage at a car wash and a barbershop that left four people dead in
upstate New York was killed Thursday in a police shootout.
Myers, 64, was killed by police who kept vigilant watch at an abandoned
building in the village of Herkimer. State police spokesman Jack Keller
said police went into the building at around 8 a.m. The shootout
occurred in the basement, where Myers shot a police dog. Keller said
police returned fire, killing him.
Myers' rampage started with a
fire in his apartment in the nearby village of Mohawk on Wednesday
morning. They said he then shot two people dead and wounded two others
at a barbershop around the corner before killing two more at a Herkimer
oil change and car wash business.
Hours later, a flurry of gunfire was heard near where police narrowed their search.
Herkimer County Community College and nearby schools were locked down as people were told to stay inside as police hunted Myers.
John Seymour, one of the men wounded in the attacks, told his sister that the barbershop attack came out of nowhere.
just said that the guys were in the barbershop and this guy comes in
and he says, 'Hi John, do you remember me?' and my brother said, 'Yes,
Kurt, how are you?' and then he just started shooting," Mary Hornett
Hornett said her brother, who was hospitalized in critical
condition, was doing well after being shot in the left hand and right
"My brother couldn't think of any reason why he would do
such a thing," she said of Myers, a former customer who hadn't been in
the shop for a couple of years.
Police Superintendent Joseph
D'Amico said Myers drove to John's Barber Shop on Wednesday after the
apartment fire and used a shotgun to kill two customers. They were
identified as 68-year-old Harry Montgomery and 57-year-old Michael
D'Amico said Seymour, the shop's owner and another
customer, Dan Haslauer, was also was listed in critical condition at a
The gunman then drove to Gaffy's Fast Lube in
nearby Herkimer and used the shotgun to kill Thomas Stefka, an employee,
and Michael Renshaw, a customer who was a 23-year veteran of the state
Department of Corrections, D'Amico said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a press conference in Herkimer, called it "truly an inexplicable situation."
"There's no apparent motive to the best of our knowledge at this time to provoke these attacks," he said.
D'Amico said Myers' only known police record was a 1973 drunken-driving arrest.
said they barely knew Myers, who rarely spoke and left every morning in
his red Jeep and came back. They said he never had visitors or friends.
Michele Mlinar, a bartender at Cangee's Bar and Grille in
Herkimer, said Myers frequently went in and had a bottle or two of Coors
Light and left without speaking to anyone. She said he was always alone
and she didn't even know his name until police released his mug shot on
Cangee's owner Candy Rellin called Myers "just an odd little man."
shootings shattered the peace and rattled the nerves of Mohawk and
Herkimer, two small villages about 170 miles northwest of New York City,
separated from each other by the Mohawk River and the New York State
James Baron, the mayor of Mohawk described his village
as close-knit and friendly, "the kind of place where you'd say, 'Oh, it
would never happen here.'"