Suspect in upstate New York rampage killed in shootout with police
Michael Hill and John Kekis, The Associated Press
Published Thursday, March 14, 2013 6:22AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 14, 2013 2:49PM EDT
HERKIMER, N.Y. -- Authorities in upstate New York say the suspected gunman in a rampage at a car wash and a barbershop that left four people dead has been killed by police in a shootout.
They say 64-year-old Kurt Myers was killed Thursday by police who had surrounded a block of small businesses in the village of Herkimer since Wednesday afternoon.
Trooper Jack Keller says police went into the building around 8 a.m. He says the shootout occurred in the basement, where Myers shot a police dog. Keller says police returned fire, killing him.
Myers' rampage started with a fire in his apartment in the nearby village of Mohawk on Wednesday morning. They say he then shot two people dead and wounded two others at a barbershop around the corner before killing two more at a Herkimer oil change and car wash business.
Hours later, a flurry of gunfire was heard near where police had narrowed their search.
A college and schools were locked down, and people told to stay inside as police hunted Myers.