Kurt Myers, a 64-year-old of Mohawk, N.Y. accused of killing four people was shot dead on Thursday morning. He died after about 40 officers rushed the building where he was holed up in Upstate New York, reports USA Today.
Myers was in a standoff with the police after he gunned down four people in two upstate New York villages on Wednesday morning. He killed two people – Harry Montgomery, 68, and Michael Rancier, 57, – in a barbers. He then walked into another shop a mile away and killed Thomas Stefka and Michael Renshaw.
Myers walked into the first shop - John’s Barbershop – around 9:30 a.m. and fired shots from a long gun after he got into an argument with people inside the shop, reports NY Daily News.
After taking the lives of two people and injuring shop owner John Seymour and customer Dan Hausler, the 64-year-old walked out and made his way towards another a shop a mile away. He walked into Gaffey’s Jiffy Lube and opened fire on employee Thomas Stefka, who was in his 60s, and state correction officer Michael Renshaw, who was in his 40s. Both men were killed.
The NY Daily News writes that Myers left the shop on foot and holed himself up in a building in Herkimer around 1:30 p.m. Gov. Cuomo and State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico followed the standoff at trooper barracks in Herkimer. The schools, colleges and villas in the whole Herkimer area are on lockdown.
Jason Ackler, 39, the son of one the four victims, said: “I think this guy is trying to prove a point. It definitely seems like he knew what he was doing.”