Today’s random shooting took place at the American Civic Association, which is an immigration center in Binghampton, N.Y. This story is still developing.
The Binghamton SWAT team is on the scene, along with a hostage negotiator. Four wounded people have been removed by stretcher from the building and there are 41 people left in the building. Twenty of those are said to be the gunman’s hostages and the remainder are said to be hiding in closets.
The American Civic Association is located at 232 Main St. in Binghamton. Friends and relatives have gathered at the scene awaiting word of their loved ones.
The alleged gunman is 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 is believed to be his 20’s.
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.
Police locked down Binghampton High School and are using the building as their staging area. Homes and businesses have ben evacuated and at least 10 ambulances are on scene.
We will continue to update this post as more information is available.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy and we sincerely hope for a peaceful resolution to yet another senseless act of violence.
Update: 1:32 pm At least 13 people have been murdered and 26 are injured. The gunman is NOT in custody.
Update 2:17 pm The death toll has risen to 15. Police are saying that two gunmen may be involved in this massacre. The gunman/men used their vehicle to block the back door of the building, trapping people inside and entered through the front door… firing randomly.
Update 2:33 pm Police now believe one gunman is responsible. He has taken his own life. No word on the wounded or their conditions available at this time. A press conference is scheduled for 4:30 pm EST.
Update: 3:40 pm Jiverly Voong, 41, AKA Linh Phat Voong , AKA Jiverly Wong, has been identified as the man behind this massacre. He was from Johnson City, N.Y., a short distance from Binghampton. A motive is not yet know.
American Civic Association Shooting