4 killed at 2 upstate NY businesses; man holed up

4 killed at 2 upstate NY businesses; man holed up

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 2:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 2:05 AM

HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — As a standoff with a suspected gunman stretched into another day, hundreds of police surrounded an abandoned building, where he's believed to be holed up.

Police say 64-year-old Kurt Myers abruptly opened fire with a shotgun Wednesday, killing two men in the opening salvo of a rampage that left four dead, and two wounded in the village of Mohawk and nearby Herkimer. They have no motive for the shootings.

Early Thursday, two loud booms were heard outside the building in downtown Herkimer, and police periodically blared sirens in an apparent attempt to encourage Myers to surrender, if alive. A police robot has been at the scene since Wednesday, and a witness says it went into the building early Thursday and came back out again.

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