Four Dead in New York Shooting Spree; Fire, 'Explosion' Reported; 64-Year-Old Gunman Still on Loose

Four people are dead and two more injured following a shooting spree across two towns in New York state, and police are still searching for the suspect. A fire and possible explosion at a Mohawk, N.Y. apartment building is said to be connected to the spree.

According to the Utica Observer-Dispatch, two people were shot dead earlier this morning at a car wash in Herkimer, N.Y., and four more—two of whom died—at a barber shop in Mowhawk, a town across the Mohawk river. At the same time, a fire broke out at an apartment building in Mohawk near the barbershop; according to WKTV, witnesses say there was an "explosion." Police were at the apartment building and were seen removing firearms from it, but it's not confirmed to belong to the shooting suspect.

The suspect, who is said to have used "a long gun," is reportedly still at large. Police are looking for "a 50- to 60-year-old slender white male, about 5-foot-11, with white hair and a white beard, last seen wearing a flannel shirt." All Herkhimer County schools are on lockdown.

Update: Police have identified the suspect as 64-year-old Kurt Myers, a Mohawk resident whom they say they are "familiar" with. He is said to be "armed and extremely dangerous." The AP is reporting that gunshots were heard in Herkimer sometime around 1:45.

[Utica Observer Dispatch, WKTV]