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Early reports about the mass shooting in Binghamton, New York turned out to be off base. The tragedy, which happened fairly near my home, did not involve multiple shooters, but rather one gunman named Jiverly Voong, a 42 year old local man of Vietnamese origin. There are approximately 13 people dead, some killed by execution style shots to the head, and an unknown number of additional wounded.

No motive has been given, but local officials have scheduled a press conference in the next hour. I happen to know one of the police who reported to the scene and we’ll try to get some more details for you after the first responders have finished securing the area and taking care of the needs of the victims.

UPDATE: 37 survivors in the building, four injured survivors in critical condition at a hospital near my home. Fifteen confirmed dead, including the gunman. The name Jiverly Voong is apparently an alias, but he is from Johnson City, New York and borrowed a vehicle to go to the Civic Association to commit the crimes.

The gunman was apparently laid off from IBM as part of a recent round of resource actions. Investigations are still ongoing and likely will be for some time to come. SWAT teams were in communication via cell phone with people inside the building throughout the event. There will be a candlelight vigil later this evening where we will try to get some more details for you as they become available.

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djshay
Guest

Thanks for the update Jazz. The theories have been all over the place this afternoon. I’m disappointed that the death toll is so high. I was hoping it was just media exaggeration.

starlingrn
Guest

This is so sad that this many innocent people have to get killed like this. With all that is going on today in the world this is just like something we didn’t need to hear about.

With the stress coming down to the middle class people and EVERYONE lossing their savings and getting taxed right out of their own homes, I would expect to be hearing more of this going on as people slowly SNAP.

So sad that it has to come to this. We can only sit back and pray as our VOICES are not heard in WASHINGTON. I will say that THEY HAVE TO STOP TAKING OUR MONEY THRU TAXATION OR more days like this one will be ahead.

ChrisWWW
Guest

starlingrn,
What are you talking about? Middle class taxes aren’t going up, and across the board they are incredibly low compared to other Western nations. We need what taxes we have to pay for unemployment benefits for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this economic nightmare.

Holly_in_Cincinnati
Guest

Thanks Jazz for posting updates as I had to leave to run errands.

mule50
Guest

politics aside, wheres the outrage?, why isn’t this already being called a hate crime?…if this were Bubba instead of Jiverly there would already be candlelight vigils in Scandinavia, planned marches by the new black panther party, and worldwide condemnations of rascist America…

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