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New York police kill suspected gunman

Cops on the scene in New York yesterday.

Cops on the scene in New York yesterday.

NEW YORK — Authorities today killed a man suspected of shooting dead four people a day earlier in separate incidents at a barbershop and a car wash in neighbouring upstate New York towns, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The suspected gunman, identified as Kurt Myers, 64, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement officials at an abandoned building in Herkimer, New York, where he had barricaded himself the previous day.

“This morning law enforcement officials entered the building and, after being fired upon, shot and killed the suspect, Kurt Myers,” Cuomo said in a statement. “There were no injuries to law enforcement officials, though an FBI police dog was fatally shot.”

Four people were killed and two others critically injured in the shootings yesterday in the sleepy New York villages of Herkimer and Mohawk, which face one another across the Mohawk River.

The violence began yesterday, when Myers drove to John’s Barber Shop in Mohawk at about 9:30 a.m. and, after a brief exchange of words, opened fire with a shotgun, according to police.

Two customers were killed, and the owner and another customer were critically wounded, New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico said.

“Totally unprovoked, we believe he fired a number of rounds from the shotgun,” he said.

The shooter then drove to Gaffey’s Fast Lube in the neighbouring Herkimer, and fired again, D’Amico said, striking and killing two people.

State police in military garb and using an armoured vehicle surrounded an abandoned building in the downtown section of Herkimer, a town of 7,700 people, yesterday afternoon. Shots were fired from inside the building and police returned fire. (Reuters)

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