THURSDAY 8:20 AM -
The suspect in Wednesday’s fatal shootings has been killed by police.
After a nearly 19-hour standoff, police officers this morning swarmed the building where shooting suspect Kurt Myers had been holed up since Wednesday afternoon and Myers was shot dead.
Hundreds of police had surrounded an abandoned building where Myers was hiding.
Police say 64-year-old Kurt Myers abruptly opened fire with a shotgun Wednesday, killing two men in the opening salvo of a rampage that left four dead, and two wounded in the villages of Mohawk and nearby Herkimer. They have no motive for the shootings.
Early this morning, two loud booms were heard outside the building in downtown Herkimer, and police periodically blared sirens in an apparent attempt to encourage Myers to surrender, if he is alive.
A police robot has been at the scene since Wednesday, and a witness says it went into the building early today and came back out again.
A manhunt continues in the Mohawk Valley. This, after two morning shootings that left four people dead and two others injured. The Superintendent of State Police and Governor Andrew Cuomo are holding a news conference at this hour.
Police have identified the suspect as Kurt Myers, 64. They are passing fliers out to residents in the area with his picture displayed.
State Police say Myers shot and killed two people at about 9:30 a.m. at Gaffey's Car Wash on Mohawk Street in Herkimer. A short time later, State Police say he shot and killed two more people on South Washington Street in the Village of Mohawk.
State Police say they are still looking for Myers, but there is a large standoff on Main Street in Herkimer. A man at the scene tells us that his child and others are in the building that police have surrounded. SWAT teams have moved in on a row of shops where they believe the gunman may be hiding.
Myers house was also set on fire.
Schools in Herkimer, including Herkimer Community College were locked down.
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Fred Weisser, owner of Weisser's Jewelers on North Main Street in Herkimer submitted this photos of law enforcement outside his store.