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The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

"Community comes together" after Herkimer shooting

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It was 25 hours between the time a shooting spree started in a small town Barber Shop, and a shootout with police in an abandoned building, that led to the death of 64-year old Kurt Meyers. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says police had tried to coax Meyers out of the building during an all-night standoff, before deciding to go after him soon after daybreak.

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Ellen Abbott
Reporter, WRVO

"Somewhere on the first floor of the location, the gunman began to shoot at the tactical teams, struck one of the canines, and fire was returned and exchanged with the gunman from one of the tactical teams and at that time the male, Kurt Meyers was shot and killed."

No police were injured in the raid, although the police canine officer died. Authorities have no leads as far as a motive, calling Meyers a loner who didn't have much contact with his family. herkimer county District Attorney Jeffery Carpenter says the community now needs to heal.

 "I think one of the things the community can grasp onto, when something like this occurs, our community comes together and we're able to tie resources from outside the community and address issues like this."

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