Gunman kills 13 takes 40 hostages in Binghamton, NY *

This from in Binghamton:

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Thirteen people have been reported dead in this morning’s shooting at the American Civic Association in Binghamton.

At least five people have been taken to Wilson Regional Medical Center in Johnson City, one in critical condition, two listed as serious. Another person was taken to Lourdes Hospital in Johnson City.

Both hospitals postponed all elective surgeries and called in extra personnel to staff their emergency rooms.

According to police reports, more than 40 hostages were in the building — 15 in a closet and 26 in the boiler room. Sharp shooters from the Binghamton SWAT team were poised outside the building at 131 Front Street. The Endicott police bomb squad is also at the scene.

Here’s a link to the Press and Sun-Bulletin photo gallery from the scene.

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