Former Employee Could Face Attempted Murder Charge in Cooperstown Case

The man accused of entering a Cooperstown, NY sports memorabilia shop with a gun last week could face attempted murder charges.

Barry Renert/Photo from Richmond, VA Police

Barry Renert/Photo from Richmond, VA Police

The district attorney in Otswego County told a local newspaper this week that they believe 62-year-old Barry Renert entered 7th Inning Stretch with the intention of killing his former boss.  Police say Renert was dressed in black and wearing a mask when he walked into the shop just before it opened on December 23.

Investigators say Renert’s 9 mm Glock didn’t fire and shop owner Vincent Carfagno dropped to the floor and fired a shot in Renert’s direction, scaring him off.  Renert took off in a rental car and part of Cooperstown was on lockdown while authorities searched for Renert.

He was arrested within hours at a bus stop in Virginia and later waived his right to fight extradition back to New York.

Renert had worked at the store for nine years before being fired last summer over missing funds according to what police have told local media outlets.

The Telegram has comments from the D.A. about the case and what may happen next.