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Former serviceman with PTSD kills three employees of non-profit following hostage standoff in California

March 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Former serviceman with PTSD kills three employees of non-profit following hostage standoff in California

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Former serviceman with PTSD shoots dead three women after ten-hour hostage standoff with police

A gunman killed three female employees of a nonprofit organization Pathway Home treatment program, before taking his own life, following a daylong hostage standoff at a Veterans home in Yountville, California on Friday.

The Napa County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has identified the victims as Jennifer Golick, 42 years old, Clinical Director, from St Helena. Christine Loeber, 48 years old, Executive Director, and Jennifer Gonzalez, 29 years old, Clinical Psychologist, both from Napa.

The dead suspect identified as 36-year-old Albert Wong, from Sacramento, a former decorated serviceman with PTSD who was treated by the Pathway Home Program at the Veterans Home, in Yountville located around 53 miles (85 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs said authorities discovered the four bodies almost eight hours after the gunman slipped into an employee going-away party in a building where combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan receive treatment.

“It’s far too early to say if they were chosen at random,” Childs said.

A sheriff’s deputy responding to emergency calls shortly after 10 a.m. exchanged gunfire with the suspect., KTVU reported.

The officer was not injured in the shootout.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Robert Nacke said hostage negotiators were unable to make contact with the gunman throughout the day.

Larry Kamer told The Associated Press that his wife, Devereaux Smith, was at a morning staff party and told him by phone that the gunman had entered the room quietly, letting some people leave while taking others hostage.

Police evacuated the property and closed off nearby roads. An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several firetrucks were at the facility, which houses about 1,000 residents.

Forensic examinations of the deceased will be scheduled next week at the Napa Sheriff-Coroner’s Office Facility.

Officials said investigators have not determined a motive.

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