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Old 04-03-2009, 03:15 PM   #1
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(CNN) -- At least one gunman began shooting Friday in an immigration services building in Binghamton, New York, killing at least 12 people, Gov. David Paterson said.

A gunman is among the dead, law enforcement officials said.

A law enforcement source said more than a dozen were wounded.

Two people were seen being led from the building in plastic handcuffs, WBNG reported. It was not immediately known whether the two were under arrest.

The shootings began around 10:30 a.m. ET at the American Civic Association, which helps immigrants and refugees, the source said.

The source said there may have been 20 to 40 people taken hostage.

The local newspaper, the Press & Sun-Bulletin, said on its Web site that at least four people were shot and 41 people had been taken hostage.

It said sharpshooters from the city's SWAT team were poised outside the building.

Video from the scene showed a person on a stretcher being taken to an ambulance.

The Press & Sun-Bulletin said about 10 people came out of the building shortly after noon. They emerged with their hands on their heads. The police searched some of them, the newspaper reported.

Around 12:40 p.m., another 10 -- clad in white sheets -- came out of the rear of the building, the newspaper said.

Frank Rozboril, a spokesman for Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, which is in the city, said the hospital had one person who had been at the association in the emergency room. Rozboril said the patient, who arrived around 12:30 p.m., was being assessed.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said the FBI is sending hostage negotiators and an evidence response team to the scene. The agency has an office in Binghamton, and agents are being sent from offices in Albany and Syracuse as well.

Nearby apartments were being evacuated and Binghamton High School is on lockdown, it said.

"Within minutes [the situation] turned into one just flooded with police," Bob Joseph, news director of WNBF Radio, told CNN.

The American Civic Association helps immigrants and refugees with a number of issues, including personal counseling, resettlement, citizenship and reunification, and provides interpreters and translators, according to a United Way of Broome County Web site, which is affiliated with the association.

Rashidun Haque, who owns a nearby convenience store, said police had him and his four customers stay inside and away from the windows.

"I'm really shaky because this kind of thing -- it's a small city, it's a beautiful city -- but nothing goes down serious like this," Haque said.

He said the Civic Association building is about a two-minute walk from downtown.

New York Gov. David Paterson issued a statement saying it was "a tragic day for New York." He said he had directed state police to assist the Binghamton Police Department. "I speak for all of New York when I offer my prayers for the victims and families of this tragedy," Paterson said.

Binghamton is about 140 miles northwest of New York City.

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Another article with more info...


Massacre kills 12 at immigration center in NY
By WILLIAM KATES, Associated Press Writer William Kates, Associated Press Writer
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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. A gunman opened fire at an immigration services center in downtown Binghamton on Friday, killing as many as 13 people before authorities found him dead, officials said.

Gov. David Paterson said at a news conference that 12 or 13 people had been killed.

A law enforcement official said the body of the man believed to be the gunman was found in an office of the American Civic Association building. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the details of an ongoing hostage situation and was talking on condition of anonymity.

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

It wasn't clear whether the gunman was included in the number of dead provided by the governor.

The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reported that citizenship classes had been scheduled Friday at the center.

The Binghamton SWAT team responded, and 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.

Indications were that the shooter was a young male, the law enforcement official said.

The American Civic Association is an organization that helps immigrants in the Binghamton area with naturalization applications, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

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

The association's president, Angela Leach, "is very upset right now," said Mike Chanecka, a friend who answered a call at her home as Leach wept in the background.

"She doesn't know anything; she's as shocked as anyone," Chanecka said. "For some reason, she had the day off today. And she's very worried about her secretary."

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, said a student from Binghamton University was being treated there.

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."

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.

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Binghamton is only about an hour from where I go to school in Syracuse. This is crazy, it sounds like something terrible out of a movie. My roommate almost went to Binghamton University, and I heard at least one student from the school was among the hostages.
That's also the place where that Serbian college student fugitive went to school.
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Country seems to be going to pots!!
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What is going on? This is at least the 3rd or 4th mass shooting in less than a month.

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That's both tragic and disgusting.
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How can this story get anymore crazy and sick???
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The world is crazy today. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.
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The world is crazy today. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.
I agree.

And please, people, nobody say anything negative about the immigrants that
this service was helping. They are legal immigrants working hard to become
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And please, people, nobody say anything negative about the immigrants that
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The body count is now up to 14 last I heard.

I'm afraid we're going to start hearing about stuff like this weekly now - at least somewhere in the world. This recession/depression is the cause behind a lot of it I'm certain. The guy had just lost his job from IBM and the last few I've heard of it's been right after the gunman was fired or laid off.
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The body count is now up to 14 last I heard.

I'm afraid we're going to start hearing about stuff like this weekly now - at least somewhere in the world. This recession/depression is the cause behind a lot of it I'm certain. The guy had just lost his job from IBM and the last few I've heard of it's been right after the gunman was fired or laid off.
This recession or depression is not a reason, only an excuse. People can
better their lives if they really want to. Doing something like this is just a
cowardly act of desperation and a cop-out.
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better their lives if they really want to. Doing something like this is just a
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cathie wasn't implying that it excuses their behavior, just that it's probably what motivated them. the recession is motivating a lot of criminal behavior. there's been a plague of burglaries in my area due to all the layoffs and i'm sure we're not the only one.
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My thoughts exactly, Cathie, Sad and scary to say, but I think this is only the tip of the iceberg. Anyway, God bless their souls.
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