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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