Several casualties in New York mass shooting (Lead)

April 4th, 2009 - 12:31 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, April 3 (DPA) A number of people were injured and many possibly killed in a mass shooting Friday in a building in Binghamton, New York, US broadcasters reported.
The shooter was still holding dozens of people hostage at the American Civic Association Building that provides immigration and refugee services in the small town in upstate New York.

Heavily armed police surrounded the building, according to broadcast footage on CNN and Fox News.

WBNG, a local Binghamton broadcaster, cited police scanner reports as saying there were 41 hostages, and up to four people shot, according to its website.

Earlier stories reported multiple deaths, but there was no confirmation, CNN reported.

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