A gunman and three hostages were found dead inside the country’s largest veterans home on Friday night after an eight-hour standoff with police. The suspect was identified as Albert Wong, 36, of Sacramento, Calif. The gunman was known by police.
He was a decorated Army veteran who served in the infantry and who recently been kicked out of the program for stress treatment. He treated at the facility for post-traumatic stress disorder and held a clinical worker, psychologist and executive director hostage in one room. A responding sheriff's deputy received an emergency call and exchanged gunfire with the suspect before the facility was placed on lockdown.
Police and troups at the scene
It remains unclear at what point during the day they died and a motive for the attack has not been established. “This is a tragic piece of news, one that we were really hoping we would not have to come before the public to give,” said CHP Assistant Chief Chris Childs. At he facility's Pathway Home, a privately run program is treating veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The veterans home, which is roughly 60 miles north of San Francisco and located in the heart of California's wine country, houses about 1,000 aging and disabled veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.