California: 3 female hostages, gunman found dead after day-long standoff

A gunman stormed the Veterans Home of California-Yountville on Friday morning and took three hostages. The hostages and the gunman were found dead when police entered the building hours later.
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Three women were found dead at a veterans home in Napa County, California, on Friday evening. The women were held hostage for hours by a gunman, who was also found dead at the scene.

Armed with a rifle, Albert Wong, a 36-year-old military veteran, stormed the Veterans Home of California-Yountville when a farewell party for an employee was being held. He exchanged fire with a Napa County sheriff’s deputy who responded to the initial call of shots fired and then barricaded himself with the hostages in a room in the facility’s building for The Pathway Home, a treatment program for former military members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are suffering from PTSD.

Wong was reportedly asked to leave the program two weeks ago. Negotiators from various agencies including the local police department and the FBI tried to make contact with Wong throughout the day-long standoff but he refused to communicate with them.  

The three victims have been identified as 42-year-old Jennifer Golick, 48-year-old Christine Loeber and 29-year-old Jennifer Gonzalez. “These Brave Women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation’s veterans, working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,” The Pathway Home said in a statement. “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.”

“This is a tragic piece of news, one that we were really hoping we wouldn’t have to come before the public to give,” California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs said at a news conference.

 

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