Tragedy Strikes Napa County Veterans Home
A Northern California community is mourning the loss of three healthcare workers and an unborn child who were killed Friday in a grisly hostage-murder situation at a veterans facility in Yountville.
Nonprofit group Pathway Home, which oversees the Veterans Home of California, has identified the victims as Pathway Home Executive Director Christine Loeber; Dr. Jen Golick, a therapist; and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales, a psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System who was pregnant with her first child.
The Napa County Sheriff’s Department has identified the suspected gunman -- now also deceased -- as 36-year-old military veteran Albert Wong. He had sought treatment for symptoms of PTSD at the facility after returning from Afghanistan, but was recently expelled for possessing knives.
Napa County law enforcement attempted to make contact with Wong for hours before engaging in gunfire. When they entered the building, they found the three female hostages dead of gunshot wounds. Gonzales’ baby, due in June, also perished.
The Veterans Home of California in Yountville is the largest facility of its kind in the country. California Gov. Jerry Brown, Yountville Mayor John Dunbar, and President Donald Trump have all issued public condolences in the aftermath of the shooting.
Friday was a particularly harrowing day for local law enforcement officials in California. On the same day as the Yountville shooting, police in Pomona, California were engaged in a similar standoff with a gunman at an apartment complex. That incident lasted for 15 hours and resulted in the fatal shooting of a police officer. A second officer was also shot but is expected to survive.