Locked down inside his Herkimer jewelry store, 37-year-old Fred Weisser has a front-row seat to a police standoff with the suspect in Wednesday morning’s Herkimer County shootings.
“I have security cameras that look up and down the street up front, so I can see all the cops on one end of town, and I can see the buildings they’re tearing apart with robots on the other,” he said from inside his store, Weisser’s Jewelers. “I mean, I am in the crossfire. I can’t leave.”
The action is slow-moving, he said. He’s been locked down for almost six hours, and the police know he is there.
“I am a licensed gun carrier, and I feel very comfortable,” he said. “I am armed. I have police out here. What is there to be worried about?”
He said he expects Gov. Andrew Cuomo to use the shootings Wednesday as a justification for gun-control laws, like the controversial NY SAFE Act, signed into law Jan. 15.
“Taking away my gun isn’t going to stop this guy from what he just did,” Weisser said. “If anything, it’s going to make me a victim.
“That’s why I’m calm, because I can defend myself right now,” he finished.
Weisser sent a series of photos to Gannett’s Albany Bureau. Visit our Facebook page for the full gallery.