Details emerge about Northern California veterans home shooting suspect


Details emerge about Northern California veterans home shooting suspect

Alec Andersen

13 March 2018

More information has emerged in recent days shedding light on the man accused of shooting three employees of a nonprofit after taking them hostage at a veterans home in the affluent Napa Valley town of Yountville, in Northern California on Friday.

Albert Cheung Wong, a 36-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan, has been identified as the man who entered a going-away party for an employee of the nonprofit Pathway House on the campus of the Veterans Home of California-Yountville Friday morning armed with a rifle.

Pathway House operates as a private entity providing services to veterans of the post-9/11 wars who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Yountville facility, operated by the state of California, is the largest veterans home in the nation with over 1,000 veterans of World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Wong allowed most of the staff to leave but demanded that three women remain behind. When sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene around 10:30 a.m. local time, there was an exchange of gunfire between one of the deputies and the suspect in which “many shots” were fired, according to Napa County Sheriff John Robertson.

Law enforcement attempted to contact Wong by cell phone for several hours but were unsuccessful. During this time, hundreds of officers and agents of various federal law enforcement agencies descended on the area, including agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

When police entered the room where the hostages were being held around 6:00 p.m., they found Wong and the three women dead of…

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