Firefighters respond to a structure fire at an apartment building in Mohawk, N.Y., where a man suspected of killing four people was believed to live.(Photo: Steve Hughes, (Utica, N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch, via AP)
(USA TODAY) -- Police in Upstate New York's Herkimer County were looking for a
suspect wanted for killing four people and wounding two others Wednesday
in a shooting spree in the villages of Mohawk and Herkimer.
The villages are about 65 miles east of Syracuse, on opposite sides of the Mohawk River in a region known as the Mohawk Valley.
Malone, chief of police for the two villages, identified the suspect as
Kurt Myers, 64, of Mohawk. He was described as "armed and extremely
Officials say guns and ammunition were found inside
Myers' apartment after emergency crews were sent to a fire there
The Observer-Dispatch (uticaod.com) quoted police as saying they were "familiar" with Myers but could not comment on any criminal record he may have.
The shooting spree began at mid-morning when a man armed with a long
gun killed two people and injured two at John's Barber Shop in Mohawk
then apparently drove to Gaffney's Fast Lube in nearby Herkimer where
the second shootings occurred.
Amanda Viscomi, Herkimer's acting clerk-treasurer for the village of
7,700, told the Associated Press the shooting at Gaffey's happened a few
blocks from Village Hall. She said she was told the shooter was at
large and that state police, sheriff's deputies and other police were
swarming the area.
"Everybody's on lockdown, all the schools, the college, the village," Viscomi said. "It's very, very scary."
County Community College sent an automated cellphone alert around 10:40
a.m. ET telling students and staff that there was an "active shooter"
in the area.
"It's very unusual for our small community to have
such a horrific situation happen," said Herkimer County legislator
Robert Schrader, 49, who represents Herkimer village and town. "It's a
very nice community. We have never had anything like this happen, not in
The county has a population of almost 65,000 people.
The FBI defines a mass killing as when four or more are killed. There have been 201 such cases since 2006 i the United States.
barber shop and car wash slayings, if committed by the same gunman,
would represent the third mass killing of 2013. All have been shootings.
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