UPDATE: Man involved in Cooperstown shooting charged

By Conor Mooney
By Erika Mahoney

December 23, 2013 Updated Dec 25, 2013 at 12:12 AM EDT

Richmond, VA (WBNG Binghamton) A man accused of threatening his former boss, leading to a shooting inside a Cooperstown baseball memorabilia shop, was arrested nearly 500 miles away at a bus station in Richmond, Va.

He was subsequently charged Tuesday.

Members of the Richmond Police Department arrested Barry Renert, 62, at about 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Renert was charged with burglary in the second degree. He faces up to seven years in prison, if convicted.

Authorities were called just before 9 a.m Monday to 137 Main St., to Seventh Inning Stretch. No one was injured in the shooting.

Covert said a man wearing all black and a mask entered the store and approached the store owner.

"He pointed his gun at him, the store owner pulled his own handgun and fired a round, missing, and the other person fled the store," Covert said.

Covert said Renert is from Richfield Springs, N.Y., and was recently living in Seminole County, Fla. Police said he is a former employee at Seventh Inning Stretch and that it appeared there is a problem between him and the store owner.

"He [Renert] does have a criminal history. It's not extensive, but we do have a criminal history on him," Covert said.

Covert said his department will investigate whether Renert was embezzling money from the store and whether it is connected to the shooting.

A Cooperstown resident who declined to appear on camera and give his name, said he knew Renert very well.

"That guy always seemed nice, and then it just come up that he was stealing, but then it turned into something more extensive."

Members of the Otsego County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police, the Richmond Police Department and the FBI from Albany assisted in the investigation.


Burglary, 2nd degree