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Cooperstown Shooting Update; Dangerous Man on the Run

A Florida man is still on the run tonight after terrorizing the village of Cooperstown this morning. Police are looking for 62-year-old Barry Renert who they say threatened a Main Street shop owner with a gun. No one was hurt in the incident but Barry Renert is still at large and considered very dangerous.
A Florida man is still on the run tonight after terrorizing the village of Cooperstown this morning. Police are looking for 62-year-old Barry Renert who they say threatened a Main Street shop owner with a gun. No one was hurt in the incident but Barry Renert is still at large and considered very dangerous. Law enforcement told Eyewitness News that he has friends and relatives in the area where he could be hiding out, or he could be headed back to the state of Florida where he lives now.
62-year-old Barry Michael Renert entered a baseball memorabilia store at 157 Main Street in Cooperstown just before nine o'clock this morning. That's when authorities say he pulled a hand-gun, threatening the owner of the shop. But the owner of Seventh-Inning Stretch also had a gun.
"The owner fired a hand-gun at the subject and we believe at this time that he missed, subject fled the scene and now we're trying to locate and see where he is," said Chief of Cooperstown Police Michael Covert.
After he fled the village went on lock-down--shoppers, employees, and tourists were told to stay away.
In such a small village it wasn't hard to find someone who knew Barry Renert.
"He was a down-to-earth guy I thought I mean he looked a little, had some tattoos but other than that looked like a regular straight-shooter," said Thomas Redding of Cooperstown.
Renert was a former employee at the Seventh-Inning Stretch shop, and police say he returned from Florida specifically to confront the owner.
"I just heard he was planning on coming up here and killing the manager and the girl who worked here," said Michael Davis of Cooperstown.
"From what understand he was a disgruntled worker, he was fired," said Redding.
Police are looking for a black 2012 Chrysler 200 LX with Florida license plates, AFP-K42.
While the search continues, people from Cooperstown are still in shock.
"Hopefully it serves the reminder that anything can really happen anywhere," said Davis.
Again, Barry Renert is considered armed and dangerous and has yet to be found by police. If you do see him, you're asked to contact the Cooperstown Police Department.
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