BAD: Shooting/Hostage Situation - Binghamton, NY

BAD: Shooting/Hostage Situation - Binghamton, NY

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    BAD: Shooting/Hostage Situation - Binghamton, NY

    Report: 4 shot, hostages taken in Binghamton, NY



    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. At least four people were shot and as many as 41 people taken hostage Friday morning at an immigration services center in Binghamton, according to media reports.

    Mayor Matthew Ryan told the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin that there was a hostage situation involving a gunman with a high-powered rifle.

    The 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.

    Four people were removed from the building on stretchers and taken to hospitals, and 10 more ambulances were called, the newspaper reported.

    The condition of the victims wasn't immediately clear.

    A spokeswoman at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton confirmed that a student from Binghamton University was being treated at the emergency room. Spokeswoman Linda Miller said she didn't know the nature of the injuries.

    "We're on full alert anticipating we're going to get additional casualties," Miller said.

    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.
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    MSNBC's report:

    4 shot, hostages taken in N.Y. - Crime & courts- msnbc.com

    4 shot, hostages taken in Binghamton, N.Y.
    Gunman with rifle might be holding some 41 people at immigration center
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    updated 9 minutes ago
    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - At least four people were shot and dozens of people were taken hostage Friday at an immigration services center, according to officials and news reports.

    At least 41 hostages were in the building of the American Civic Association, The Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reported. Nearby apartments in this city in western New York state 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.

    Some people were being escorted out of the building, WBGH reporter Sophia Ojeda said.

    The American Civic Association's Web site says it helps immigrants and refugees with counseling, resettlement, citizenship, family reunification, interpreters, and translators.

    The suspect was described as a man in his 20s between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a bright green nylon jacket and dark-rimmed glasses.

    According to Rich Griffith, a man who works at Ridley Lowell Business and Technical Institute across the street from the hostage scene, he and his co-workers were told to stay inside.

    He said he saw three people carried out of the building on stretchers alive and moving.

    This breaking news story will be updated.
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    Does anyone else think its odd that a rash of these types of things tend to happen right after an election? The same things happened right after Clinton got elected too. Maybe I'm just biased, I dont know.
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    aaaawh crap!!!

    Just another tragedy, My prayers go out to the victims.



    I just have to say, I'm not a big conspiracy theorist, but does anyone else think it's odd that the Democrats come into power and there are mass shooting every few weeks?

    I'm just say'n
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    Does anyone else think its odd that a rash of these types of things tend to happen right after an election? The same things happened right after Clinton got elected too. Maybe I'm just biased, I dont know.
    Possibly. Emotions can run high around election time, and if your guy lost for some it can be the final straw.

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    The Telegraph (UK):

    Up to 13 killed.

    Gunman takes hostages during shooting spree in New York state - Telegraph

    More than 10 people were seen leaving the American Civic Associations building in Binghampton after it was surrounded by police, a town some 180 miles outside New York City.

    Four people were removed from the building on stretchers and taken to hospitals. Up to 10 more ambulances were called.
    Local media reports suggested up to 13 people may have been killed.

    Matthew Ryan, the town's mayor, said there was a hostage situation involving a gunman with a high-powered rifle. Sources said he was an Asian man in his 20s.

    Local media reported 41 hostages in the building of the American Civic Association and said nearby apartments were being evacuated.

    Emergency dispatchers were in contact with some people inside by phone and the gunman was believed to be still in the building.

    A spokesman at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton confirmed that a student from Binghamton University was being treated in accident and emergency.

    "We're on full alert anticipating we're going to get additional casualties," she said.

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

    It also intervenes with emergencies, including fighting, hunger and homelessness, according to information from the association's website.
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    I believe NY is a shall-issue state, am I correct? Or is it like CA where the various counties have varying degrees of difficulty to get a CCW permit?

    I'm sure the municipal bldg where the shooting occurred is a "no-guns" zone. The gunman apparently didn't get the memo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnKelly View Post
    I believe NY is a shall-issue state, am I correct? Or is it like CA where the various counties have varying degrees of difficulty to get a CCW permit?

    I'm sure the municipal bldg where the shooting occurred is a "no-guns" zone. The gunman apparently didn't get the memo.
    we have one of the strictest gun laws in America. It took me 9 months to get my permit.


    It sounds like a Immigrant went nuts and started shooting people.

    How this guy got a gun, I got no clue
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    ABCNews.com front page ticker has it updated at 12 persons shot.

    As to events it's not so much the party but the times.
    We are in the midst of of a recession. During recessions crime, criminal victimization, and desperation as well as mental illness issues historically tend to spike.

    See the story from yesterday about the father who took his daughter to a Stop N'Rob to rob it at gun point making no effort to conceal his identity. He stated to the cashier as a reason for the action that he was laid off and unemployed and that his daughter had to "survive".

    This has nothing to do with democrats being in office.

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    At about 1pm the news said the FBI was sending a SWAT team and Homeland Security was getting involved also. They also said the gunman is believed to still be in the building.

    New update... 13 dead and 26 wounded, It is believed to be a premeditated shooting as the shooter pulled up to the back door to block the exit then entered the front. Two weapons have been found so far but so far not the shooter. More victims are expected say police.
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    Terrible for all those involved for sure, but...who wants to start taking bets that a week from now New York is blaming Virginia...again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnKelly View Post
    I believe NY is a shall-issue state, am I correct? Or is it like CA where the various counties have varying degrees of difficulty to get a CCW permit?

    I'm sure the municipal bldg where the shooting occurred is a "no-guns" zone. The gunman apparently didn't get the memo.
    No, NY is not a shall issue state. It is a may issue state.with very restrictive laws. Some counties are fairly reasonable on issue, but I'd say most aren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packinnova View Post
    Terrible for all those involved for sure, but...who wants to start taking bets that a week from now New York is blaming Virginia...again?
    Of course Virginia is to blame. After all the NRA is headquartered here!

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    I can't believe they haven't gone in yet. Have we learned nothing from recent active shooters?
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    Looks like its over.... they did go in, it just wasnt advertised for obvious reasons.
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