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"12 or "13" dead after hostage situation in NY

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. David Paterson says "12 or 13" people were killed in an attack on an immigration services center in Binghamton, N.Y.

A federal law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity also says the shooter has been found dead in the building. Officials and media reports have said as many as 41 hostages were taken.

The law enforcement official says the gunman entered the building through the front while firing. He had already blocked the back door with his car.

An official spoke Friday on condition of anonymity and said the suspect carried identification showing him as 42-year-old Jiverly Voong (VUNG') of nearby Johnson City, N.Y.

Vice President Joe Biden, speaking in New York City, said the gunman opened fire on immigrants taking a citizenship class. He was found dead inside an office of the American Civic Association building.

Associated Press writer Devlin Barrett in Washington contributed to this report.

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