One of the victims of last month's deadly shootings in Herkimer County is out of the hospital after weeks of surgeries and bed rest. John Seymour is still recovering, but he's feeling well enough to share his story. Our Andrew Sorensen sat down with him to hear his first-hand account of the shootings and his surprisingly positive recovery.
ILION, N.Y. -- John Seymour is glad to be home.
"I'm the luckiest one of them all, really, when you think about it. Because four are dead and then Dan got injured severely," he said.
Seymour is about three things: His barber shop, his singing and his faith.
"Just the grace of the good Lord. Didn't want me that day. Because he could have gotten me here, he could have gotten me here," Seymour said.
There's not much more that can explain why he's here now.
"It was just another normal day, Andrew, you know. It was a nice day," he said.
March 13th, Seymour had three customers waiting when he came in.
"I was cutting Harry's hair and then, that Kurt Myers walks in. And he says, 'You remember me? I'm Kurt.' And then I thought he had an umbrella on him and I thought, you know, you wouldn't think a shotgun. And then he just started shooting," Seymour explained.
He shot Seymour in the wrist and in the back.
"I went in front of the barber chair and I fell down on the floor, in front of the cash register and then my customer Harry was getting up. And that's when he got Harry," said Seymour.
Harry Montgomery fell on top of Seymour. That's when Dan Haslauer and Mike Ransaer were shot.
"I just laid there, said the Lord's prayer, hoping that he didn't see anybody move because he might shoot us again," Seymour said.
Friends went to Seymour’s house to tell his mother, Mary.
"One of them said to me, John's been shot. And I said what kind of a joke is this?" she said.
Mary was in shock, but as Seymour recovered, he made it up to her three days later by Skyping into her 100th birthday from the hospital.
"Oh that was unbelievable. I've never seen anything like that before," Mary said.
Seymour went through surgeries and took dozens of visitors.
"Then when you're alone, then you close your eyes, Andrew, and you think about it you know all the time. And then you see his face and you wonder why he did it. And you know, so on and so forth," he said.
He says family and friends kept his morale up to get through it. He hopes Myers' other victims get the same.
"My neighbor, Danny, is improving every day. He needs a lot of prayers and thoughts," Seymour said.
But there's still something about March 13th he can't explain.
"I think God wants me to do something and we're going to find out what it is," he said.
He thinks more charity could be the answer.
"[Myers] wanted us to be down and sad and mean and everything. But you know, it's not going to be that way," Seymour said.
Everything changed that day.
"I have more faith now," Seymour said.
But John Seymour is going to make it a change for the better.
Seymour says he wants to go back to being a barber if his hand recovers, but he won't go back to his old shop.