Binghamton Shootings

Binghamton Shootings

14 people were killed and 4 people were injured, at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. “On the morning of April 3, 2009, at approximately 10:30 a.m. EDT, Jiverly Wong entered the Binghamton, New York American Civic Association building and fired 99 shots; 88 from a 9mm Beretta and 11 from a .45-caliber Beretta. He had barricaded the back door with a car before enteringthrough the front of the building and immediately shooting two female receptionists. Though one receptionist did not survive, the other feigned death after a shot to the stomach and waited until Wong left before taking cover under a desk and calling 911. Wong then entered the nearest classroom and continued to fire, inflicting multiple shots and fatally shooting the professor and 12 of 15 students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) class. When fire sirens sounded at 10:33 a.m., Wong shot himself in the head. The spree lasted only 3 minutes, killing 13 victims and culminating in the shooter’s suicide. […] In a letter mailed on the day of the shootings and received by Syracuse television station News 10 Now, Wong blamed his actions on perceived police harassment and feelings of degradation due to his lack of English skills. ” — Broome County AAR

Date of event: April 3, 2009

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