DEVELOPING: Gunman in California Veteran Center Shooting was Former Patient

The gunman behind an all-day hostage situation Friday that left three women dead at a veterans home in northern California was a former patient who had served in the Army. The gunman, identified as Albert Wong, 36, was being treated at a non-profit at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville that helps veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and readjust to civilian life after returning from overseas.

He’d been asked to leave the program for unknown reasons days before the shooting, said state Sen. Bill Dodd.

Wong entered the building Friday morning during a going-away party. Workers were eating cake and toasting when the attack began. He let several workers go but kept a group of others hostage and barricaded them inside a building on the campus in the Napa Valley region.

Police entered the room Friday evening and found Wong, two executives and a psychologist dead. It’s unclear when they were killed. The victims were identified as Christine Loeber, 48, executive director at The Pathway Home; Jennifer Golick, 42, a clinical director at the facility; and Jennifer Gonzales, 29, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Golick’s father-in-law, Bob Golick, said that she had recently expelled Wong from the program.  She called her husband, Mark, during the incident to tell him she’d been taken hostage. He didn’t hear from her again.

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