Investigators scouring cell phone records of the man who killed four people March 13 in shootings in Mohawk and Herkimer found that many of the calls Kurt Myers received were from creditors.
There were no calls from family or friends in the seven months leading up to the killings and still no answer to why 64-year-old Myers, of Mohawk, opened fire at John’s Barber Shop in Mohawk and Gaffey’s Jiffy Lube in Herkimer.
State police investigators found Myers had received some 150 to 200 calls, many of them from Bank of America and Chase seeking to collect on more than $21,000 in credit card debt. One call from Bank of America came at 8:40 a.m. March 13, less than an hour before he would set his apartment on fire. Most of the calls Myers made on the cell phone were to his bank, the credit card companies or other businesses, according to investigators.
Myers had not been treated for mental illness and there were no reports of any problems with him or of his making threats, troopers said. Toxicology reports showed no evidence of any drugs in Myers’ blood.
The series of events began March 13 at about 9:29 a.m. when the Herkimer County 911 center received a call about a residential call at 32 S. Washington St., where Myers lived.
At 9:33 a.m., the center received multiple calls about shots being fired at John’s Barber Shop, 17 Main St., Mohawk. Five minutes later, at 9:38 a.m., the center received calls that shots had been fired at Gaffey’s Jiffy Lube.
Shortly afterward, police determined that Myers had holed up in the former Glory Days building on North Main Street in Herkimer. FBI tactical teams and state police entered the building the following morning to end the stand-off and killed Myers, but not until Myers had shot and killed one final victim - an FBI K-9 known as Ape.
Killed at the barbershop were Harry Montgomery Sr., of Mohawk, and Michael G. Rancier, of Herkimer. Also shot were John Seymour, owner of the John’s Barber Shop, who has since returned home from the hospital, and Dan Haslauer, a customer at barbershop, who remains hospitalized.
At Gaffey’s Jiffy Lube, the victims were Thomas Stefka, an employee at Gaffey’s; and Michael L. Renshaw, a 20-year veteran of NYS Corrections.
Myers still had 50 live rounds of 12-gauge ammunition and another 45 rounds in his vehicle when he was shot and killed by law enforcement officers, according to District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter.
Compiled From Staff and Wire Reports