Death Toll Is 14 in NY Massacre

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2009 4:17 PM CDT
In this photo from video and released by WBNG-TV in Binghamton, N.Y., authorities take up positions behind a vehicle.   (AP Photo/WBNG-TV)
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(Newser) – The death toll from today’s shooting rampage in Binghamton, NY, is now 14, law-enforcement officials said in an afternoon press conference. The gunman, who’s been identified as Jiverly Voong, 42, of nearby Johnson City, killed himself inside the immigrant-services center following a hostage standoff, and there was no word on a motive.

The shooting spree began about 10am at the government building, ABC News adds. Voong backed his car up to the building’s rear door, apparently to keep people from escaping, before entering through the front door. Police removed two people in handcuffs during the standoff as a precaution, but they apparently had no connection to the shooter.