Herkimer shooting survivor says he's lucky to be alive
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 19:23:25 GMT —
John Seymour, 66, the owner of the barber shop where a gunman opened fire last month in Mohawk, is speaking out about what he remembers from that morning. Three of his regular customers were waiting for him on what seemed like a regular Wednesday morning.
"I opened the door, put the coffee on, the tv on, and everything was fine," says Seymour.
Two of those men lost their lives that day. Seymour was in his shop, finishing cutting the hair of Harry Montgomery, 68, when Kurt Myers entered the store. Seymour recognized him as a former customer and thought he was also coming in for a haircut.
"He goes, remember me? I'm Kirk. And I thought he had an umbrella. And he raised it and started shooting and that was it," says Seymour.
Seymour was shot twice, fell behind the cash register, and played dead. After Myers left, he said the lord's prayer as his friend and longtime customer, Montgomery, died on top of him.
"It wasn't a pretty scene. I remember looking at him and I just knew he was gone. I just couldn't figure out why. Why would he do all of this to innocent people that had never done anything to him," says Seymour.
Seymour's mother, Mary, 100, lives with him. She thought it was a joke when he friend told her that her son had been shot.
"I just feel so lucky that he's alive. To have someone dead on top of him, it's a wonder his mind didn't blow you know," says Seymour.
Seymour will not reopen the barbershop in the location that still haunts his dreams.
He was released from the hospital on Saturday and continues to recover from two gunshot wounds, one of which is on his left wrist -- the hand he cuts hair with.
As for the future, Seymour hopes to cut hair again but it depends on how his wrist heals. Something he will be doing is a passion, volunteering his time singing at local nursing homes.
"I feel so blessed to be alive everyday. It was cold out yesterday, so what? It was snowing out yesterday, so what? It felt good to see it and to feel it. Just good to be alive," says Seymour.