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Chinese student injured in NY shooting in stable condition

A CHINESE student injured in yesterday's shooting in Binghamton was still being treated in a local hospital but in stable condition without life danger, Chinese diplomats said yesterday.

Liu Junhua and Wang Tao, consuls of the Chinese Consulate General in New York, arrived in Binghamton last night and visited the injured student at Lourdes Hospital.

The student was shot in the right arm and right leg and was given a surgery in the afternoon, Liu said, without disclosing a name or any other personal information.

The student was doing well after the surgery and remained in clear consciousness with no difficulty of expressing himself, he said.

Liu said the young Chinese was taking a language class at the American Civic Association when several gun shots were heard outside the classroom. Then the gunmen stormed in and opened fire at about a dozen people there.

By using a chair as a shield, the student only suffered relatively minor injures in the arm and leg without life-threatening wounds, Liu said. But the student remembered seeing someone get shot at for attempts to move ahead and subdue the gunman.

While lying on the ground, the student could hear only two or three people breathing inside the classroom while the gunman went out and took people in another room hostage, Liu said, recounting on the basis of the student's own account.

It is still unclear whether other Chinese are among those injured or killed, Liu said, adding that police are in the identification process and results can only be released as early as today.


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