Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Grieving husband, mother of Yountville victim shooting speak

Grieving husband, mother of Yountville victim shooting speak

Authorities in Northern California have so far been tight-lipped about why a former Army rifleman may have killed three women after a daylong siege at a veterans home in Napa County wine country.

Albert Wong had been enrolled in the veteran treatment program at The Pathway Home after several years of struggling following his deployment in Afghanistan. He was a patient who was recently kicked out of a treatment program at the center.

KTVU learned Wong had retired from the Army, returning from Afghanistan in 2013. Records also show a state-issued security permit Wong had for a 9mm firearm was canceled in October, but state officials could not immediately say why.

Childs said investigators have not determined a motive.

Childs could not confirm whether the hostages were chosen at random or were targeted.

There is a growing memorial at the Pathway Home Monday honoring of the victims with a steady stream of mourners dropping off flowers and candles.

Golick was a clinical director from St. Helena.

"There were many bullets fired", said Napa County Sheriff John Robertson but no one was hit.

Yountville is about 85 kilometres north of San Francisco.

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A GoFundMe page states, "Dr. Jenn (Gonzales) Shushereba was at the prime of her life, married one year and pregnant with her first child, when her life and that of her unborn child were tragically taken in the Yountville Veterans Home shooting on March 9".

"We're not at a point of a decision yet", said Larry Kamer. She leaves behind a husband and a 7-year-old daughter.

"He always had a great smile on his face", she said. He walked in with a rifle so people had a clear understanding what was going on. "She's still in my heart", Gray said. "A supportive, joyous event", said Hitchcock. "He did live in that facility for nearly a year, so he was knowledgeable about the place".

She also served as a trainer with PsychArmor, a nonprofit that provides free education to anyone engaging with the military community, said the institute's CEO Majorie Morrison in a statement on Saturday.

The nearby Heroes Tavern and Cafe, where veterans from the facility were eating breakfast when the shooting started, was put on lockdown. "I don't think he had bipolar disorder or manic depression", she told CNN. "She has a pacemaker, but she seems to be handling the stress well. Exactly what failed is something I know law enforcement is interested in and we are very interested in as well".

The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, a union that represents a variety of public safety employees, including the nine officers at the veterans' home, released a statement Friday afternoon urging the California Department of Veteran Affairs to begin arming Yountville officers.

"Anytime you have a tragic incident like this, you go back and see what it was that you did and what it was that didn't work, because obviously something like this should never have happened", Kamer said. On Friday, its staffing level allowed for up to 14 residents.

A CSLEA spokesperson could not confirm whether Wong, who held a security guard's license, was a member of their organization. Her brother told ABC7 News that she was an unbelievable, smart woman and her family is devastated.

"They were high school sweethearts", Sowle said.

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