UPDATE: Cops kill suspect in deadly NY shooting rampage

Noon update:

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say the suspect in the fatal shooting of four men in neighboring upstate New York villages was holed up in a small, cluttered room in an abandoned bar when he died in a shootout with police SWAT teams.

State police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says 64-year-old Kurt Myers fired through a first-floor door after troopers and FBI agents entered around 8 a.m. Thursday, killing an FBI dog sent into the room.

D'Amico says police returned fire, killing Myers.

His death ended a nearly 19-hour standoff that began after police say he killed four men and wounded two others at a barber shop in Mohawk and a car care business in Herkimer.

D'Amico says police still don't know why Myers went on the shooting rampage.

Original story:

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) - Residents of an upstate New York village are puzzled about why a 64-year-old loner went into a barbershop and opened fire in a burst of violence that would eventually leave four dead and two critically wounded.

New York state police early Thursday were waiting out suspected gunman Kurt Myers, who was holed up in an abandoned building. Police say Myers' rampage started with a fire in his apartment in the nearby village of Mohawk Wednesday morning.

He then drove to a barber shop around the corner and used a shotgun to kill two customers and wound two others. At a car care shop about a mile away, he killed two more. Police have no motive.

Residents say they barely knew Myers, who rarely spoke. One person calls him "just an odd little man."


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