Yountville, California, USA: California Highway Patrol Captain Chris Childs said late Friday that the gunman and three hostages at the Yountville veterans’ home were found dead following a shooting and day-long hostage situation. The victims who worked for Pathway Program have been identified as Clinical Director Dr. Jen Golick, 42, a therapist; Dr. Jennifer Gonzales, 29, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and Dr. Christine Loeber, 48, the Pathway Home Executive Director. The three women devoted their lives to helping veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Dr. Jennifer Gonzales was seven months pregnant.
The Deceased suspect 36-year-old, Albert Wong, a former Army infantryman from Sacramento, is formerly from the Pathway Home Program at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. Forensic examinations of the deceased will be scheduled next week at the Napa Sheriff-Coroner’s Office Facility.
Our feature image – left to right- has Albert Wong , Dr. Jen Golick, Dr. Christine Loeber and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales.
Here is the full statement from Pathway Home:
“It is with extreme sadness that we acknowledge the deaths of three members of The Pathway Home family – Christine Loeber, our Executive Director; Dr. Jen Golick, our therapist; and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales, a psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. These Brave Women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation’s veterans, working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. All of us at The Pathw
ay Home are devastated by today’s events. We stand with the families, friends, and colleagues who share in this terrible loss.”
CHP Captain Chief Chris Childs said three females and one male were found dead. It is belived the male found dead was the suspected gunman.
Hotline for friends and loved ones of families affected by the Yountville shooting: (707)-948-3331
Earlier in the day, heavily armed law enforcement officials swarmed the veterans home — the largest in the country — after a gunman fired shots at a sheriff’s deputy and took multiple hostages during a party organized by a veterans program.
California authorities say officers at around 10:20 a.m. exchanged gunfire with a gunman holding three veterans program employees hostage at the largest veterans home in the U.S.
Napa County Sheriff John Robertson told reporters Friday that “many bullets” were fired but that the deputies weren’t injured. He says he doesn’t know the status of the hostages or the gunman’s motive.
Childs previously said offices were unable to make contact with the gunman who’s confined to one room but that multiple hostage negotiators (including the Napa County Sheriff’s office and the FBI) are standing by.
He says the hostages are employees of The Pathway Home, a privately run program on the veterans home’s grounds. The program treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.
The suspect used a rifle to fire the shots, but officials are not sure what kind yet. They also know the identity of the gunman, but are not releasing the information.
State Senator Bill Dodd said the suspect was reportedly a veteran enrolled in the PTSD program offered at the facility, but had been asked to leave earlier this week.
Map of where the active shooter and hostage situation is happening in Yountville, Cailf. (March 9, 2018) NBC Bay Area
According to CHP officials, a call came in at 10:20 a.m. alerting them to the “shots fired.” Napa law enforcement officers were on the scene within four minutes.
The state Veterans Affairs department says the facility − located at 260 California Drive in Yountville, which is located north of San Francisco — is the largest veterans’ home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.
Yountville, which is located in the heart of California’s wine country, is perhaps most famous for the restaurant, The French Laundry.
Pathway Home’s program treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Albert Wong, the gunman who killed three women after a daylong siege at a Northern California veterans home had trouble adjusting to regular life after he returned from the Afghanistan war and had been kicked out of the treatment program designed to help him.
Authorities said Wong, a former Army rifleman who served a year in Afghanistan in 2011-2012 and returned highly decorated, went to the campus about 50 miles (85 kilometers) north of San Francisco on Friday morning, slipping into a going-away party for some employees of The Pathway Home. He let some people leave, but kept the three.
President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday morning: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic situation in Yountville and mourn the loss of three incredible women who cared for our Veterans.”
California Secretary of Veterans Affairs Vito Imbasciani said some veterans and employees at the home were traumatized and Gov. Jerry Brown had offered the state’s employee assistance program, which had already sent counselors to the campus.