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Four dead in Herkimer County shootings; standoff with suspect continues

HERKIMER - State Police are investigating two separate shootings, resulting in four deaths,  that occurred shortly after 9:30 Wednesday morning in the Villages of Herkimer and Mohawk. According to reports, a standoff with the suspect, Kurt Myers, 64, continues at an abandoned building.

The investigation has revealed the following timeline:

  • At 9:29 am, the Herkimer County 911 center received a call of a residential fire at 32 South Washington Street.
  • At 9:33 am, the 911 center received multiple calls of shots fired at John’s Barber Shop located at 17 Main Street in the Village of Mohawk.
  • At 9:38 am, 911 received a shots fired call at Gaffy’s Jiffy Lube located at 320 Mohawk Street in the Village of Herkimer.


John’s Barber Shop – 4 victims

  • Harry M. Montgomery, age 68, from 3 South Washington in the Village of Mohawk was pronounced deceased at the scene.
  • Michael G. Rancier, age 57, from 114 Melrose in the Village of Herkimer was pronounced deceased at the scene.
  • John Seymour, owner of Barber Shop is listed in critical condition at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Utica, NY
  • Dan Haslauer, customer at barber shop, is listed in critical condition from gun shot wounds at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Utica.

Gaffy’s Jiffy Lube – 2 victims

  • Thomas Stefka, employee at Gaffy’s, was pronounced deceased at the scene
  • Michael L. Renshaw, a 20 year veteran of NYS Corrections, was pronounced deceased at the scene.