HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) _ Authorities in upstate New York say the suspected gunman in a rampage at a car wash and a barbershop that left four people dead and two wounded 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.
Governor Cuomo issued this statement:
"This morning law enforcement officials entered the building and, after being fired upon, shot and killed the suspect, Kurt Myers.
There were no injuries to law enforcement officials, though an FBI police dog was fatally shot. We commend the courage and extraordinary efforts of the state police, the FBI, and local law enforcement officials in finding the suspect and ending this horrific spree of violence and bloodshed.
It is now time for mourning those who we lost in this senseless act of violence. In the darkest of times, the bravery, kindness, and the spirit of community of New Yorkers shines the brightest, and that is what we saw yesterday in Herkimer and Mohawk as the community came together during this difficult time.
The thoughts and prayers of my family and of all New Yorkers are with the friends and loved ones of the victims."
State police say 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.