12 Confirmed Dead In New York Shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. David Paterson said "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

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.

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.

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