4 killed in shooting spree: The suspect in a shooting spree that killed 4 people is holed up in an upstate New York bar and is reportedly in a standoff with police.
Four people were shot dead and two were wounded after a man went on a shooting spree in upstate New York on Wednesday. The suspect is also believed to have blown up his house, and is now reportedly holed up in the Glory Days bar in Herkimer, according to officials.
Police are “swarming a North Main Street location in Herkimer,” where the suspect is holed up, said local station WKTV. Authorities have used a battering ram to try and access the building. The suspect for both shootings was identified as Kurt Meyers, 64, said to be armed and dangerous, according to police.
Police and the suspect also “appear to be in a standoff,” according to the Observer-Dispatch newspaper.
Six people were shot in two separate incidents in Herkimer County, New York, officials told WKTV.
Two people were killed at Gaffey’s Car Wash on Mohawk Street in the village of Herkimer. And four people were shot at a barber shop, leaving two dead and two injured.
Myers also allegedly set fire to his home in South Washington Street in Mohawk before the shootings took place. Numerous weapons were found at his residence.
“He just wasn’t a people person, and he would never talk to anyone else,” said bar worker Michele Mlinar, referring to Meyers, who patronized another bar. She said he always seemed “very jittery and nervous,” according to the Observer-Dispatch.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo went to the village and was seen near where the suspect is believed to be holed up, according to the New York Times.
A hospital and several schools were locked down while police searched for the man, officials told CNN. Within the schools, “everything is calm,” said Mark Vivacqua, the superintendent of Herkimer schools.
“Everybody’s on lockdown, all the schools, the college, the village,” Amanda Viscomi, Herkimer’s acting clerk-treasurer, told CBS News. “It’s very, very scary.”
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