Updated: Shooting at Binghamton, N.Y. Immigration Center; Shooter Identified
Footage and Analysis from MSNBC:
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A gunman killed as many as 13 people and took up to 40 people hostage at an upstate New York immigrant counseling center this morning.
Police sources, speaking on background, said as many as 12 or 13 people had been killed, according to a reporter with WNBF radio, who described the gunman as being of Asian descent, and in his 20s. Between 20 and 40 people were held hostage, and some hostages have been released.
UPDATE: Terrible news. Police are reporting 12 fatalities.
Governor Paterson just released this statement:
"This is a tragic day for New York. While the situation is still developing and details are being gathered, we do know that a gunman entered the American Civic Association in Binghamton this morning and that there are fatalities. We are monitoring the situation and I have directed the State Police to assist the Binghamton Police Department in any way they can.
"I speak for all of New York when I offer my prayers for the victims and families of this tragedy."