A tragic end befell a day-long standoff between authorities in Yountville, California and a veteran now identified as 36-year-old Albert Wong of Sacramento. The three shooting victims who lost their lives to Wong were also identified.
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All three were female staff Veterans Home of California, Executive Director Christine Loeber, a therapist named Dr. Jen Golick, and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales, a psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
Officials at Pathway Home also determined that Wong was a former member of the Pathway Home Program, a program run at the Veterans Home of California.
The Pathway Home issued a statement saying:
"These brave women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation's veterans and working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of us at The Pathway Home are devastated by today's events. We stand with the families, friends, and colleagues who share in this terrible loss."
According to State Senator Bill Dodd, Wong was a former client of the facility but left the program two weeks ago. Authorities worked with hostage negotiators who spent hours trying to make contact with Wong Friday but were unsuccessful.
California Governor Jerry Brown said, "Our hearts go out to their families and loved ones and the entire community of Yountville. A Pathway employee said they were throwing a going-away party when Wong walked in with his rifle taking three hostages in the process.
"We've tried numerous times and been trying since 10:30 this morning to contact him by his own cell phone and also the phones in the dorm area," Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said. "There was an exchange of gunfire, fired by the suspect and our deputy. There were many bullets fired."
Wong killed the three women he held hostage and he himself has also been confirmed to be dead. A motive has not been identified
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