Jouben said he also disagrees with the Cuomo gun law. “It’s just more government, more government,” he said.
Anthony Casale of Cooperstown, a former state assemblyman and a native of Herkimer, said he was praying for the Seymour’s recovery.
“John is just the nicest guy,” Casale said. “He’s a very religious guy who does a lot of work for charities.”
Casale noted that his daughter-in-law is a teacher at a Mohawk school locked down during the manhunt for the suspected shooter. He said one of his grandchildren was at a day care center also locked down, and another grandchild was at an elementary school where the protective measures were also taken.
He said he frequents the car wash at Gaffey’s Fast Lube in Herkimer, where two employees were killed Wednesday by the same gunman involved in the killings at the barber shop.
“For me, this is much too close to home,” Casale said. “This just shows you can’t predict where the next crime will occur, or where the next bad person is going to come from.”