Suspect in Upstate Shootings Is Killed, but Questions Remain
The last 24 hours of Kurt R. Myers’s life were punctuated by barrages of bullets.
The first two came on Wednesday morning when Mr. Myers, a gray-bearded 64-year-old armed with a shotgun, walked into two businesses in the neighboring upstate towns of Herkimer and Mohawk and shot six people, seemingly at random. Four died, and two others were seriously injured. In the final fusillade the next morning, Mr. Myers was shot and killed by a team of state and federal officers who had tracked him to an abandoned bar on Herkimer’s main thoroughfare.
But very little was clear on Thursday about Mr. Myers’s motivation for the attack or his life before it. His presence in the two towns where he killed was described as shadowy and somewhat antisocial, but with few interactions with law enforcement, except for a 1973 arrest for drunken driving, or other signs of trouble.
“He was apparently a loner,” the State Police superintendent, Joseph D’Amico, said. “He didn’t have a lot of contact with his family.”