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The Telegram
  • Herkimer, Mohawk businesses rebound from shooting spree

  • Police caution tape held taught against street signs and buildings kept many of the businesses on North Main Street in Herkimer quiet and closed.

    A block over on North Washington Street, however, cars drove by several businesses resuming work in the aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting spree in Herkimer and Mohawk, leaving four people dead and two injured.

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  • Police caution tape held taught against street signs and buildings kept many of the businesses on North Main Street in Herkimer quiet and closed.
    A block over on North Washington Street, however, cars drove by several businesses resuming work in the aftermath of Wednesday’s shooting spree in Herkimer and Mohawk, leaving four people dead and two injured.
    The suspect, 64-year-old Kurt Myers, was shot dead inside the former bar Glory Days in the village shortly before Serenity Salon & Spa owner Kristin Lampert opened for the day.
    “The phone’s been ringing off the hook (today),” Lampert said as she straightened a customer’s hair. “We bounced back like nothing happened.”
    Some businesses in Herkimer and most in Mohawk were back to the usual on Thursday, but not without the events of Wednesday fresh on their minds.
    “I was in disbelief about it all until I saw all the cops surrounding our house,” Lampert said of Wednesday’s tragedy. “It was a pretty stressful day.”
    Street Side on South Otsego Street in Mohawk had a handful of people gathered at the bar Thursday afternoon.
    Owner Ernestine Keeler filled a large glass for a customer, reflecting on how the community could heal.
    “If they had answers, it might help,” she said. “There’s no reason why you’d do these things.”
    Inn Towne Motel owner Bhavna Patel — on North Washington Street in Herkimer — also reflected on healing.
    “We have to do, what we have to do,” she said, adding things were back to normal at the motel.
    Frankfort resident Stephen Leuenberger was roaming North Main Street in Herkimer, surveying the scene.
    He said he used to go to John’s Barber Shop to get his hair cut.
    “It’s going to take time because nothing like this happens in this community,” he said. “It’s going to take time to get everybody back to sanity.”
    Linda Lamanna, an employee at the Mohawk Village Market, rang up a customer at the register, unsure of what could heal the wound.
    “It will always be there,” she said.

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