Reporting from Los Angeles and Binghamton, N.Y. -- For immigrants in chilly Binghamton,
the doorway to America opens through the friendly building on Front Street. But Friday,
the American Civic Assn. -- a place crowded with recent arrivals taking English classes
and citizenship exams -- became a killing zone. In the last month, 25 people, including 2 gunmen, were slain in three mass shootings, in North Carolina, California and Alabama.
A gunman barricaded the back door of the immigration services center with a car,
thwarting escape, then entered through the front door. Opening fire, he killed
13 people and seriously wounded four others before apparently committing suicide.
Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said at a news conference that the suspect,
Jiverly Wong, a 41-year-old Vietnamese immigrant, was depressed after recently
losing a job and upset about how people treated him over his lack of proficiency
It was the nation’s worst mass shooting since April 16, 2007, when Seung-Hui Cho, 23,
shot and killed 32 people in a dormitory and classroom at Virginia Tech University
in Blacksburg, Va., then killed himself in the largest shooting in modern American history.