"The ending could have been far different," Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter told local lawmakers, the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch reported Thursday.
Fifty live rounds were found in the possession of Kurt Myers, 64, and another 45 in the vehicle outside the vacant building in Herkimer where he was shot to death during a 19-hour standoff with police, Carpenter said.
Investigators said Myers set fire to his home in Mohawk March 13 before driving to a barbershop where he shot four people, killing Harry Montgomery, 68, of Mohawk and Michael Rancier, 57, of Herkimer. He then drove to an automobile repair shop in Herkimer where he killed Thomas Stefka, who was in his 60s, and Michael Renshaw, who was in his 40s.
During the standoff, Myers also shot and killed an FBI police dog.