New York State Police are investigating a report of shots fired inside a store on Main Street in Cooperstown.
Troopers say gunfire was reported around 9 a.m. Monday inside the 7th Inning Stretch store, just a few doors away from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Cooperstown police said a former employee named Barry Renert entered the store dressed in all black and wearing a mask that partially covered his face. Police say Renert confronted someone in the business' rear office and displayed a gun. That person then pulled out their own gun and fired at Renert.
WKTV in Utica is reporting that the owner of the store was the person confronted by Renert.
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also says the store's owner recently filed a complaint against the Renert.
Renert is described as being 6'2" tall and weighing 240 pounds. Police say his head may be shaved currently and he has full-sleeve tattoos. Police believe he is driving a black 2012 Chrysler 200LX with the Florida license plate numbered AFPK42.
Police say Renert is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information about his is asked to call Cooperstown police at (607) 547-2500 or New York State police at (607) 432-3211.
Main Street was closed Monday as troopers searched for more information. Trooper Nathan Riegal said there were no reports of injuries.
The store bills itself on its website as the largest vendor of sports memorabilia in town.
Some of the baseball souvenir stores and other shops lining Main Street closed Monday or were already closed for the winter.
Information from the Associated Press was also used in this report.