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crazylace01
Apr 3rd, 2009, 08:27 PM
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. Gov. David Paterson says "12 or 13" people were killed in an attack on an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y.

A federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity also says the shooter has been found dead in the building.

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.

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Associated Press writer Devlin Barrett in Washington contributed to this report.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) A gunman walked into an immigration services center in downtown Binghamton on Friday, killing an unknown number of people, wounding at least six and taking as many as 41 hostage, officials said.

Two handguns were recovered at the scene, said a law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak publicly about the details of an ongoing hostage situation and was speaking on condition of anonymity.

Mayor Matthew Ryan told the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin that the gunman had a high-powered rifle.

The FBI was sending hostage negotiators and an evidence response team to the scene. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was also sending agents to Binghamton.

The gunman barricaded the rear door of the American Civic Association with his car before entering through the front door, firing his weapon, the official said.

"We do know that a gunman entered the American Civic Association in Binghamton this morning and that there are fatalities," Gov. David Paterson said in a statement.

The Binghamton newspaper reported 41 hostages in the building of the American Civic Association and said apartments were being evacuated.

Emergency dispatchers were in contact with some people inside by phone, WBNG-TV reported. The gunman might still be in the building, the newspaper reported. The Binghamton SWAT team responded.

Indications were that the shooter was a young male, and it wasn't immediately clear whether he was still in the building, the law enforcement official said.

Five people with gunshot wounds were being treated at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, according to hospital spokeswoman Christina Boyd.

The wounded ranged in age from 20 to their mid-50s, and their conditions ranged from stable to critical, she said.

Linda Miller, a spokeswoman at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, confirmed that a student from Binghamton University was being treated at the emergency room.

A police dispatcher who spoke to the AP wouldn't confirm a number of people shot or injured.

Around 1 p.m., Pennie Kerber, 72, told the AP in a phone call from her home across the street that the scene appeared to be settling down.

"The cops are all standing around in the front now. They're still all over the roof for sure," she said. "The SWAT shooters that were to the side of the building look like they're not there any more. It looks like it's clearing."

The shooting occurred in a mixed neighborhood of homes and small businesses in the center of Binghamton, a city of about 47,000 located 140 miles northwest of New York City.

College student Leslie Shrager told the AP that she and her five housemates were sleeping when police pounded on the front door of their house next door to the shooting scene.

Officers escorted the six Binghamton University students outside, she said, and that's when they learned of the shooting.

"One of our housemates thought they heard banging of some kind. But when you're living in downtown Binghamton, it's always noisy," said Shrager, of Slingerlands, an Albany suburb. "Literally two minutes later the cops came and got us out."

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

It also intervenes with emergencies, including fighting, hunger and homelessness, according to information from the association's Web site.

At the junction of the Susquehanna and the Chenango rivers, the Binghamton area was the home to Endicott-Johnson shoe company and the birthplace of IBM, which between them employed tens of thousands of workers before the shoe company closed a decade ago and IBM downsized in recent years.

CrossCourt~Rally
Apr 3rd, 2009, 08:56 PM
I've been watching CNN for updates on and off all afternoon. Such a sad turn of events :hug: .

*JR*
Apr 3rd, 2009, 09:55 PM
I've been watching CNN for updates on and off all afternoon. Such a sad turn of events :hug: .
A big question (news conference within a half hour supposedly, maybe will answer it) is was the shooter:

a) a disgruntled would be permanent resident or citizen

OR

b) someone born here who was whipped into a frenzy against them

:confused:

Edit: they didn't say anything about who the shooter was or the motive in the press conference.

gentenaire
Apr 3rd, 2009, 10:04 PM
and another senseless shooting :(

I've actually been to Binghamton, when I was 12, I don't remember much of the town though.

RFSTB
Apr 3rd, 2009, 10:56 PM
Populist rage taken to the extreme.
I guess this is bound to happen with our government failing to control our border.

antonella
Apr 3rd, 2009, 11:22 PM
Maybe it's me but there seems to be a massacre every day.

Lin Lin
Apr 4th, 2009, 01:02 AM
BINGHAMTON, New York - A lone killer armed with at least two handguns massacred 13 people at a citizenship center in New York state Friday before apparently shooting himself, police said.

The slayings took place on the main floor of the American Civic Association in Binghamton, 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of New York city.

The gunman, reported by media outlets to be of Vietnamese origin, had barricaded a car against the back door of the center to prevent escape. He then entered the front of the building and opened fire, apparently committing suicide soon after.

Dozens more people spent four hours cowering in the center's basement, waiting to be told by police that they were safe to leave.

Local police chief Joseph Zikuski said that there were "14 confirmed dead in the building" and that he had "very good reason to believe that the shooter is among the dead at the scene."

"We removed safely 37 people. Four people we removed are wounded. All four are listed in critical condition," Zikuski told a press conference.

However, he cautioned "by no means are we 100 percent sure" about the killer's body being among those at the building.

Zikuski said that the emergency call was made by the first woman shot by the gunman, a receptionist shot in the stomach but who pretended she was dead until she could make her escape.

"A lone gunman entered the building and immediately shot her and another receptionist. Unfortunately that (second) receptionist is now deceased. Then he went into another room and shot several more people."

Two handguns were recovered at the scene, he said.

President Barack Obama, on a visit to France, said he was "shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the act of senseless violence."

Many of those in the center, which helps people prepare for citizenship tests, were apparently of Vietnamese origin and did not speak good English.

New York state Governor David Paterson said victims were there to pursue "the American dream."

"There still is an American dream and all of us who are Americans will try to heal this very, very deep wound in the city of Binghamton," he said.

The outburst of violence apparently was over quickly, but hours of tension followed.

Zikuski said an emergency call was made at 10:31am (1431 GMT) by the receptionist as she lay on the floor wounded, listening to the gunman fire at others.

The police chief said he had "no idea what the motive is" and that the killer "just came in and shot her. I don't think there was any conversation."

Police swarmed into the area after the emergency call, with first units arriving in less than two minutes, he said.

"The gunfire had ceased by that time. There's no more shots fired."

However, it was unclear to police what the gunman was doing, or even how many there might have been, and elite SWAT police units took hours to comb methodically through the building.

Meanwhile, there were dozens of other people who had fled into the cellar and were talking to police by mobile telephone.

"We instructed them how to barricade the doors," Zikuski said. "They were very angsty."

Friday's carnage in New York state -- believed to be the deadliest such attack on record in Binghamton -- is the latest to rock small-town America, where many fiercely defend the legal right to bear powerful firearms.

On Sunday a heavily-armed man burst into a North Carolina nursing home killing eight people before being shot and wounded by a policeman.

Earlier this month, a 28-year-old unemployed man killed 10 people, including his mother and a toddler, in a shooting rampage through two counties in Alabama, the worst in the southern state's history.

In December, a man dressed as Santa Claus opened fire at a Christmas party being given by his ex-wife in Covina, California, killing nine people before shooting himself.

In October, an ex-convict opened fire with an assault rifle at a man and two children who had come to trick-or-treat at his home in Sumter, South Carolina on Halloween. A 12-year-old boy died of his wounds in that incident.

And in September, a mentally ill man shot eight people, killing six, in Alger, Washington a month after being released from prison.

An exasperated Paterson expressed his "profound outrage" at Friday's killings, and the series of deadly attacks that preceded them.

"When are we going to be able to curve the kind of violence so rampant that we can't even keep track of the incidents?" he said.

Friday's incident comes days before the second anniversary of a massacre at Virginia Tech -- the deadliest school shooting in US history in which 32 students and professors were shot dead by a student gunman -- and weeks before the 10th anniversary of the Columbine, Colorado school shooting.

The recent spate may be linked to the recession gripping the country, experts say.

- AFP

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_world/view/420020/1/.html

:sad::sad::sad:

serenaforever
Apr 4th, 2009, 03:29 AM
Maybe it's me but there seems to be a massacre every day.

yeah, the US has at at least like 4 in the past month or month and a half :(:sad:

comfortably.numb
Apr 4th, 2009, 03:47 AM
As horrible as this tragedy is, all I could think of during Gov. Paterson's press conference was Fred Armison's impression of him on Saturday Night Live. :o

ys
Apr 4th, 2009, 03:51 AM
Guys, face it..

It's tough times. People are nervous, angry, edgy.. Some of them are also stupid, and that's a problem.. As the stupid one will always find someone to vent his or her anger, Republicans, Democrats, blacks, whites, Indians, Chinese, Latinos, immigrants, someone who one thinks is to blame in one's problems..

I can really feel tension increased, on the roads, in public transportation, in supermarkets, more and more people are really ready to explode. Be careful. They can pick on anyone, on you too. Keep low.

Solitaire
Apr 4th, 2009, 04:17 AM
It's so sad esp since these people just wanted a better life and were actually going through the proper channels.

RFSTB
Apr 4th, 2009, 06:30 AM
Sue the NRA! Put them out of business. When our fore fathers wrote in the constitution that we have the right to bear arms, they were talking about hunting rifles. I would think they would seriously think that one over if they got a good look at the weapons today. Why would any ordinary joe need a semi-automatic hand gun? Just walk into any sporting goods store and you can get a sophisticated weapon. Ridiculous!

Marijuana is illegal. Porn is illegal. But semi-automatic weapons are perfectly legal. Only in America.

Solitaire
Apr 4th, 2009, 07:23 AM
Sue the NRA! Put them out of business. When our fore fathers wrote in the constitution that we have the right to bear arms, they were talking about hunting rifles. I would think they would seriously think that one over if they got a good look at the weapons today. Why would any ordinary joe need a semi-automatic hand gun? Just walk into any sporting goods store and you can get a sophisticated weapon. Ridiculous!

Marijuana is illegal. Porn is illegal. But semi-automatic weapons are perfectly legal. Only in America.

WTF porn is illegal??:eek: I have some deleting to do......:bolt:

RFSTB
Apr 4th, 2009, 07:35 AM
WTF porn is illegal??:eek: I have some deleting to do......:bolt:

:lol: :lol: better hurry up before FBI comes knocking on your door!

I guess maybe not all porn. The ones that are illegal should stay that way.

madlove
Apr 4th, 2009, 04:35 PM
such a sick world....