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Gunman on the loose kills four, injures two in upstate New York

March 13, 2013|By Matt Pearce

A manhunt is underway for a gunman who shot and killed four people at a carwash and a barbershop in upstate New York and local schools are on lockdown, police said Wednesday. Two people were reported wounded.

The attacks happened Wednesday morning in Herkimer and Mohawk, two small towns divided by the Mohawk River about halfway between Syracuse and Albany.

Herkimer County Community College sent an automated cellphone alert around 10:40 a.m. EDT that identified the gunman as a man in his 60s, with a white beard and driving a red Jeep Cherokee, according to the Associated Press. That college and other area schools were on lockdown.

The two shootings reportedly happened at Gaffey's Clean Car Center in Herkimer, where two victims were killed; and at John's Barber Shop in Mohawk, about a mile away, where four people were shot, two fatally.

Amanda Viscomi, Herkimer's acting clerk-treasurer for the village of 7,700, told the Associated Press that state police, sheriff's deputies and other police were swarming the area.

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matt.pearce@latimes.com

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