Binghamton, NY – People are currently being released from the front of the American Civic Association at 131 Front St., the site of a shooting this morning. At least four people have been taken out on stretchers.
Four people left the building with hands on their hands. Police were searching some of them.
Four people have been taken to hospitals. The Binghamton SWAT team is on the scene, along with a negotiator.
The SWAT team is getting ready to re-enter the building. The shooter is still inside, police said.
There were reportedly 41 hostages in the building — 15 in a closet and 26 in the boiler room.
Family members of the hostages and victims are gathering at Catholic Charities at 232 Main St. in Binghamton, police said.
At least two ambulances from the scene have arrived at Wilson Regional Medical Center.
Police began staging at Oak and Main Street, the site of the Binghamton High School, shortly after 10:30 a.m. today. Local apartments were evacuated and businesses, such as a nearby nursing home, were placed under lockdown as a precaution.
One male was down with a woman shot in the stomach, according to a police radio. The female victim was a secretary.
Police have since called for 10 ambulances.
Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan, who was at the scene, said there was a hostage situation in the Civic Association building, located at 131 Front St. Ryan said the shooter has a high-powered rifle.
Police were instructed not to go into the building alone.
Binghamton High School is under a lock-down, the mayor said. The school is a block and a half away from the site.
The suspect was described as an Asian male, between 5-feet 8-inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a bright green nylon jacket and dark-rimmed glasses. He’s described as being in his 20s.
Police shut down Main, North and Oak streets to respond to the incident, as well as Front Street at Gerard Avenue. The Memorial Bridge is also shut down, and police are taping off the corner of Front and North.
The American Civic Association helps immigrants and refugees with immigration and personal counseling, resettlement, citizenship, family reunification and translators. It also intervenes with emergencies, including fighting, hunger and homelessness, according to information from the association’s website.
Some 20 people have now been released from the Binghamton, NY hostage and shootings scene.
Binghamton Police have confirmed at least 12 casualties. WBNG TV
VIN News source 14 Dead
FBI and SWAT teams are entering the American Civic Center in Binghamton, New York.
VIN News has confirmed that 2 people have been arrested brought out of the center as possible Suspects. dozens of people are exiting the building.
15 people are now said to have been killed
Lone gunman killed. ABC News.
Police are winding down the center saying situation over
Police have identified the lone gunman as an 42 year old Asian male by the name Jiverly Voong who was recently fired from IBM in Johnson City, NY