NY Shooting Suspect Dead in Police Shootout

Kurt Myers had been holed up in abandoned building, surrounded

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2013 2:14 AM CDT | Updated Mar 14, 2013 7:42 AM CDT

(Newser) – Kurt Myers, the suspect in an upstate New York shooting spree, has been killed in a shootout with police, the AP reports. Cops surrounded Myers, 64, in an abandoned building yesterday afternoon, and had traded fire with him. This morning, police entered the building and Myers shot a police dog. Police returned fire, killing him. CNN adds that cops still have no motive; witnesses say Myers entered a barbershop yesterday and said, "Do you remember me?" before opening fire. He is also thought to have blown up his own home.

"This is truly an inexplicable situation; there was no apparent, rational motive to the best of our knowledge," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier; he was on the scene in Herkimer County. Meanwhile, the names of the four people killed in the shooting spree have emerged: Harry Montgomery, 68, and Michael Rancier, 57, were reportedly killed in the barbershop after Myers spoke with people there; and worker Thomas Stefka and corrections department worker Michael Renshaw were killed at an auto shop. Myers was a former customer at the barbershop but hadn't been there in years, according to the sister of the owner, who was wounded. Just before shooting, "he says, 'Hi John, do you remember me?' and my brother said, 'Yes, Kurt, how are you?'"

This undated photo provided by the New York State Police shows Kurt R. Myers.
This undated photo provided by the New York State Police shows Kurt R. Myers.   (AP Photo/New York State Police)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, walks to a vehicle as law enforcement officers take cover along Main Street.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, walks to a vehicle as law enforcement officers take cover along Main Street.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Law enforcement officers take cover along Main Street when shots were fired while searching for a suspect in two shootings on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Herkimer, NY.
Law enforcement officers take cover along Main Street when shots were fired while searching for a suspect in two shootings on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Herkimer, NY.   (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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