Alleged Herkimer shooter’s neighbors say he mostly kept to himself

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Our latest dispatch from Herkimer County, where police believe 64-year-old Mohawk resident Kurt Myers killed a total of four people and critically injured two others in separate shootings in a Mohawk barber shop and Herkimer car wash:

Myers lived in the back apartment of a three-unit, brick building (pictured) on a close-knit Mohawk street, which police believe he set on fire around 9:30 a.m. shortly before driving to the barber shop and opening fire. A number of guns were taken out of the building Wednesday morning, but police weren’t sure if they belonged to Myers or another tenant.

Neighbors said the alleged gunman lived at the Washington Street apartment for the last several years, directly across the street from the local police and fire departments.

They would occasionally see him at a local dive bar or Little Caesars shop down the block. Sometimes, he would take early-morning walks around the neighborhood, but those who lived near him said they rarely exchanged pleasantries. He drove a Jeep that was a shade of red with a black top and mostly kept to himself, the neighbors said.

“Everybody says hi and waves and has small talk all the time,” said Fred Randall, 42, a retired Air Force technical sergeant whose home is next to Myers’. “But he would walk by, people would say hi and he would never return the gesture.”

A small church on the next block was set to host a prayer vigil Thursday evening.

“I knew he was kind of strange, kept to himself,” said Gary Urich, 70, who lives three doors down from Myers. “He came walking down the street one time and I spoke to him, and he kind of kept to himself.”

(Photo courtesy of AP / Observer-Dispatch)

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