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Police Identify Suspect In Killing Of 4 In Upstate N.Y.

Kurt Myers is suspected of killing four people on March 13, 2013, according to New York State Police. (credit: New York State Police)

Kurt Myers is suspected of killing four people on March 13, 2013, according to New York State Police. (credit: New York State Police)

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HERKIMER, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — ¬†SWAT teams have moved in on a row of shops in upstate New York where they believe a gunman who killed four people and wounded two others Wednesday may be hiding.

A black armored vehicle and a track-driven robot with a camera on top rolled up in front of Glory Days Food and Spirits in the village of Herkimer on Wednesday afternoon as officers surrounded blocks of shops topped with apartments.

They’re looking for Kurt Myers, suspected of shooting four people in his hometown, nearby Mohawk, and killing two others in Herkimer earlier in the day.

Myles Smith, who lives nearby, tells The Associated Press by cellphone he’s heard police trying to talk Myers into coming out of another building. He says there are snipers on the roof.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrived earlier, about 10 minutes after multiple gunshots were heard in a section of Herkimer where police are looking for Myers.

Officials say guns and ammunition were found inside Myers’ apartment after emergency crews were sent to a fire there Wednesday morning.

Soon after, police say two people were fatally shot and two others wounded at John’s Barber Shop, around the corner from the apartment. Officials say the second shooting happened about a mile away, where two people were killed at Gaffey’s Fast Lube and Car Wash.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Herkimer, N.Y. on March 13, 2013. (credit: Rocco Laduca/Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Police at the scene of a shooting in Herkimer, N.Y. on March 13, 2013. (credit: Rocco Laduca/Utica Observer-Dispatch)

Officials say Meyers remains at large Wednesday afternoon.

The Utica Observer-Dispatch reported that police may have located the suspected shooter in a jewelry shop.

The two villages are about 65 miles east of Syracuse, on opposite sides of the Mohawk River.

Herkimer County Community College and local schools are on lockdown.

Herkimer is named for the German immigrant family that settled in the western Mohawk Valley in the 1720s. The economically distressed villages are two miles away from Ilion, where a 2-century-old Remington Arms gun plant is a major employer.

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