At Least 13 Dead in Upstate NY Standoff

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 1:34 PM CDT
In this photo from video and released by WBNG-TV in Binghamton, N.Y., authorities remove a person on a stretcher.   (AP Photo/WBNG-TV)
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(Newser) – At least 13 people have been confirmed dead in the hostage standoff in Binghamton, NY, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports. Police removed two men in handcuffs from the downtown building, but it remains unclear whether the seige at the American Civic Center is over. Police said more than 40 hostages were in the building this morning.

Earlier, police described at least one shooter, armed with a high-powered rifle, as an Asian male in his 20s. At one point, police said 15 hostages were in a closet and another 26 in a boiler room. The center helps immigrants and refugees with all manners of assimilation, and it was giving a citizenship test today.