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December 24, 2013

Cooperstown gunman Renert captured in Virginia

Had fled after shooting incident Monday at Seventh Inning Stretch

Barry M. Renert, identified by law enforcement officials as the gunman who menaced a Cooperstown shopkeeper Monday morning before he himself dodged gunfire from his intended victim, has been captured by police in Richmond, Va., Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl said this morning.
 
Renert, 62, was taken into custody about 10:30 Monday night while waiting to board a bus at a Greyhound station, and the rented black sedan he used to flee upstate New York was found nearby, the prosecutor said.

Police, who had located Renert by honing in on his cell phone, surrounded him, and he was taken into custody without resisting, Muehl said.

Muehl said the former Richfield Springs resident is expected to be charged with menacing and first-degree burglary in connection with the Monday morning incident that triggered a commotion in the village of Cooperstown and prompted Bassett Medical Center to lock its doors while police waged a search for the gunman.
 
Dressed all in black and with his face masked, the heavily tattooed Renert allegedly strode into Seventh Inning Stretch at 137 Main Street, where he had formerly been employed, and confronted the store's owner, Vincent Carfagno, in a rear office, police said
 
Carfagno then threw himself to the floor and with his own handgun fired a shot that missed Renert, Muehl said.
 
Muehl said it was not immediately known whether Renert will fight extradition to New York.
 
An arrest warrant for Renert has been signed by the Justice Gary M. Kuch, charging Renart with burglary in the second degree. The warrant has been forwarded to the Richmond City Sheriff's Office for execution as a fugitive from justice.

If convicted, Renert faces up to seven years in prison. The case will be prosecuted by Muehl

 
Cooperstown village police and Otsego County Sheriff's Office investigators were en route to Virginia today to question the suspect,  the district attorney said.

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