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Police Seek Motive in New York State Shooting [VIDEO]

Police 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.

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Ape, the FBI K9 killed by gunman Kurt Myers
Ape, the FBI K9 killed by gunman Kurt Myers during standoff with police (Twitter)

Investigators are still trying to piece together why 64-year-old Kurt Myers went on a two-town shooting rampage that started when he set his own home on fire and fired on 6 people at a barber shop and muffler shop that left 4 dead.

State police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico says Myers  fired through a first-floor door after troopers and FBI agents entered  the former Glory Days bar around 8 a.m. Thursday, killing an FBI dog sent into the room.

D’Amico says police returned fire, killing Myers. “He engaged them almost immediately,” D’Amico said at a news conference in the Herkimer County courthouse, just a few blocks from where Myers was killed reports the Post-Standard.. “It was all over in a matter of minutes,”

Superintendent D’Amico says they have no information available yet as to the identity of the dog according to Townsquare Media staion WIBX. He said that a twelve-gauge shotgun believed to belong to Myers was recovered from the scene. The scene is still one of four active crime scenes and D’Amico would not say how many times Myers was shot.

Standoff scene on Main Street in Herkimer, New York
Standoff scene on Main Street in Herkimer, New York (Twitter)

D’Amico says he does not know Myers’ background and training, or whether he had any military service.  He said law enforcement was prepared to “wait it out as long as (they) needed to.”   It is not known if he recently had a relationship with any other individual.

 

The Red Cross says about twenty people visited a shelter at Mohawk Valley Community College last night as the area near Main Street in Herkimer was evacuated according to

D’Amico says police still don’t know why Myers went on the shooting rampage. “We think (the shootings) were unprovoked and random,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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