The Army veteran who killed three women after a siege in California had long dreamed of serving his country in the military, but his skill as a marksman led to risky missions in Afghanistan that left him anxious and wary when he came back home, according to people who knew him.
The CHP-led inquiry into the shooting played out Saturday amid quiet and somber surroundings, with far fewer of the elderly and disabled veterans who live on campus taking walks or riding about in their motorized wheelchairs, residents said. It is still unclear why Wong targeted those three women specifically.
A Napa Valley sheriff's deputy exchanged gunshots with the hostage-taker at about 10:30 a.m. but after that nothing was heard from Wong or his hostages despite daylong efforts to contact him, authorities said. The news came after Wong held the three women hostage Friday at a northern California veterans home for 10 hours before killing them and himself.
Police later discovered the bodies of 42-year-old clinical director Jennifer Golick, 48-year-old executive director Christine Loeber and 29-year-old clinical psychologist Jennifer Gonzalez, who was seven months pregnant. Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba was almost seven months pregnant. He said its board of directors retooled the program's model a few years ago to be more sustainable and provide improved holistic, wraparound services rather than trying to handle veterans who were on the brink of crisis.
Older vets didn't always interact with the Iraq and Afghan vets at The Pathway Home, because older vets tended to bring up their own war stories too much with the younger ones, Zimmer said. A smaller heart represents her unborn child. Wong was sent to foster care as a teenager and spent the rest of his childhood with an adoptive family in the San Francisco area.
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Mark Golick didn't hear from her again, Malick said.
Albert Cheung Wong was a state licensed security guard and was able to carry a gun for almost a decade. The reason hasn't been publicly revealed.
In 2010, Wong enlisted for active duty in the Army.
After Afghanistan, Wong stayed with Sherr for a month or two.
Muriel Zimmer, an 84-year-old Air Force veteran of the Korean War, said she feels badly for Wong, saying she "cannot blame him". He moved back in with them for a little while in 2013 after he returned from his deployment in Afghanistan and kept in touch online. She was widely respected in the field and considered a PTSD expert.
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Lampkin told the Press Democrat that Wong increasingly obsessed over perceived slights against him by family and friends, whether it involved money owed or others failing to "pull their weight".
According to Sherr, Wong had been seeking help for his PTSD for years.
Meanwhile, Pathway Home is also focused on setting up proper channels to answer questions from the Yountville community, in addition to finalizing online donation platforms.
Dunbar said all three of the women were excellent at what they did, and will be sorely missed.
CSLEA has also unsuccessfully attempted to convince the Department of Veteran Affairs to arm officers under an existing law, arguing the officers should be able to protect the people at state institutions and themselves. Golick was employed at the teen treatment center at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services for five years before moving onto a job at The Pathway Home, according to Scott Sowle, the executive director at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services.
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Like Wong, many of those who have fought in the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world are economic conscripts recruited from among the most vulnerable layers of society.