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At least 4 dead in shootings near Utica

HERKIMER, N.Y., March 13 (UPI) — Police in Herkimer County, N.Y., said they were searching Wednesday for a suspect in at least four deaths in shootings at a barber shop and a car wash.

Two people were killed and two were wounded in a shooting at John’s Barber Shop in Mohawk and two were shot and killed at Gaffey’s Car Wash in the village of Herkimer, WKTV-TV, Utica, reported.

The Utica Observer reported police were searching for Kurt Myers, 64, of Mohawk, described as having white hair and a white beard.

The newspaper said more shots were fired in downtown Herkimer Wednesday afternoon, in an area where police had earlier searched for Myers, who police said was “armed and extremely dangerous.”

Investigators said they were “familiar” with Myers, but would not discuss whether he had a criminal record, the newspaper reported.

Witnesses said the suspect fled a shooting scene in a red Jeep with a black top that police said had been found shortly after 10 a.m. EDT in Herkimer. There was no sign of the suspect, WKTV reported.

Police said they believe the suspect set his fire to his home in Mohawk just before 9:30 a.m., before going to the barber shop where he allegedly used a long gun to shoot several people before moving on to the car wash, the Observer reported.

Schools in the area were locked down while police searched for the gunman, but classes proceeded as normal, school district officials said.

The identities of the victims were not released.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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