Police: 12 People Dead, Shooter Dead, In NY Hostage Situation

Police say thirteen people are dead, one of them the gunman, in a shooting and hostage situation at an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y.

Five people were injured. Police say the 42-year-old gunman was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the center.

Officials and media reports have said as many as 41 hostages were taken.

The law enforcement official says the gunman entered the building through the front while firing. He had already blocked the back door with his car.

Binghamton is located about 175 miles northwest of New York City, near the Pennsylvania border.



Governor David Paterson confirms "12 or 13" people were killed in a shooting at an immigration services center in New York state.

The governor called the shooting "a tragic day for New York" on Friday.

Officials and media reports say at least six people were injured and as many as 41 hostages taken.

A law enforcement official says a gunman entered the American Civic Association building through the front while firing. He had already blocked the back door with his car.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation continued.



Police say at least 12 people are dead and several injured while dozens of people were taken hostage at an immigration services building in Binghamton, New York.

A newspaper reports ambulances are being called out to an apparent hostage situation at an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reports at least four people have been shot and as many as 41 were taken hostage by a gunman. The mayor tells the paper the gunman is armed with a high-powered rifle.

Apartments are being evacuated.

The paper reports four people have been taken out on stretchers and 10 ambulances are being called to the scene. Conditions aren't yet clear.

A hospital says it's on full alert and anticipating that it will have to handle more casualties.

The American Civic Association describes itself as helping immigrants and refugees with counseling, resettlement, citizenship, family reunification and translators.



At least four people were shot and several people taken hostage Friday at an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y., according to police and news reports.

At least 41 hostages were in the building of the American Civic Association, The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reported. Nearby apartments were being evacuated.

The condition of those shot wasn't immediately clear.

A man went into a building and started shooting, according to police scanner traffic reported by WBNG-TV. The gunman had a high powered rifle, Mayor Matthew Ryan told the newspaper.

When the shooting started, people escaped to the basement in search of safety. More than a dozen people were hiding in a closet for more than an hour.

The American Civic Association's Web site says it helps immigrants and refugees with counseling, resettlement, citizenship, family reunification, interpreters, and translators.


At least four people have been shot and several people taken hostage at an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y.

Mayor Matthew Ryan tells The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin on Friday that the gunman has a high-powered rifle.

The newspaper reports there are 41 hostages in the building of the American Civic Association. It says apartments are being evacuated.

Four people have been taken from the building on stretchers and moved to hospitals. The Binghamton SWAT team is on the scene. The incident started about 10:30 a.m.


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  • by LCC Location: Plymouth on Apr 4, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    To C, I'll be there for sure.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    there is 13 dead not 12
  • by C on Apr 4, 2009 at 06:35 AM
    To LCC: Thanks for the backup. See ya at the shootin' range ! Regards, C
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Apr 3, 2009 at 10:01 PM
    MrT, Maybe if we cut out low-income housing these new homeless could go and live with the unwise one. Perhaps she and her liberal friends could start putting their own money where their mouth is instead of the taxpayers money. I would love to see the lefties start giving of themselves instead of giving from others. If these people will stop drinking the ripple they would be alright. None of you know why this guy did this, so why don't you just wait for the press to make up the story.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 3, 2009 at 09:55 PM
    lol@MrT .... *as you type, I'm behind you playing the world's smallest violin*
  • by LCC Location: Plymouth on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    I could not agree more with C. It's not the guns that kill, it's the stupid, crazy people that kill. It would not matter if they took guns away. If they want to kill people they are going to do it anyway. You people better wake up to this and hope you can keep your guns for you and your children's safety. You may need it one day.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 3, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    I can remember working in tobacco, and I remember when farm work was done by Black AND White U.S. CITIZENS. Then they found out that they can fake some ailment, get on Medicaid, get free food stamps, low rent housing, and sit on the porch all day while you and I work our selves to death to pay for it.So the farmers had to get workers from somewhere. And I'm not blaming it all on Obama. But he is ultimately responsible for whatever his administration passes or doesn't pass.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Apr 3, 2009 at 06:55 PM
    MrT, the problem with cutting out low-income housing (private or government) would be the inability of some workers to afford somewhere to stay. Then, without a place to stay, no welfare, and no handouts, there would be more homeless people. Is that what we really want? I don't think so. If people have to perform menial jobs which barely provide enough money to put food on the table and then, there's no assistance for these workers, that wreaks havoc. If government assistance is to be eliminated, salaries across the board must increase (dramatically for some occupations). Sorry MrT, but a real society wouldn't function properly putting your suggested strategies in place. I'm sure that's how things were run before a "genius" realized there needed to be a change. Think about it and let me know what you think.
  • by Rich on Apr 3, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    Mr. T, While what you said may be True, blaming Obama for this Shooting, which is what you said, is wrong. I just don't see the connection. This has nothing to do with him or politics at all. It's a tragic situation, lives were lost and you want to blame Obama. You post has nothing to do with with what happened. Again, I'm not an Obama supporter, I'm a Right wing conservative who fears for Country with Obama as our President, BUT, you throwing politics into this tragedy is very inappropriate. Just my opinion of course. I Agree with your comment, the most recent one, I just don't see what that has to do with what happened today or how you can blame Obama. Your kind of like the Right wing version of Lavon or Ace.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Apr 3, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    Rich, read my comment more carefully. Everything that I said is being done by Pelosi and Obama.How can YOU not be angry that they want to give amnesty to 500,000 illegal aliens, and allow thier extended families to come to America to be with them.Then they will be able to draw the Social Security benefits that you and I have paid for. Most of them have not paid in a dime. Also, this will just make the job situation worse.And people say that they are doing jobs that no one else will do? That is America's fault also. Cut out the free handouts, welfare, and low rent government housing and you will see that they wont be so picky about what they will do.
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