THE gunman in today's massacre at a civic centre in Binghamton, New York, is dead and surviving hostages have been freed, television reports said.
The CNN network quoted several unnamed sources as saying the gunman had been found dead inside the centre.
And local News 10 Now television said the town police chief told them "the building is secure and everyone alive is out''.
As many as 13 people may have been killed in the by the gunman, who was believed to have been holding between 20 and about 40 hostages in the civic centre of the small city 217km northwest of New York city, near the border with Pennsylvania.
Police armed with automatic rifles surrounded the building as officers carried out several stretchers, CNN television footage showed.
The guman was believed to have parked a car so that it blocked the back door of the civic centre, preventing escape.