Who was Albert Wong ? Yountville Veterans Home Shooter Identified By Police After Taking Hostages in Napa,California

Police have identified the gunman who took and allegedly killed three hostages at a Napa County veterans home after engaging in a shootout with police Friday morning.

Albert Wong was found dead together with the hostages after a nearly 8-hour standoff with law enforcement at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, California.

The incident began when Wongallegedly opened fire at the facility around 10:20 a.m., California Highway Patrol assistant chief Chris Childs told reporters at a press briefing near the scene Friday afternoon.

"Within four minutes, a Napa Sheriff's Department deputy was on scene and engaged what we now know was the suspect in one of the buildings," Childs said. "Gunfire was exchanged."

"There was an exchange of gunfire fired by both our deputy and the suspect," Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said at the briefing. "There were many bullets fired."

Wong—dressed in black, armed with a rifle and reportedly wearing body armor—managed to evade the deputy before taking three people hostage and holing up in one room, Childs said.

The deputy was not wounded in the shooting but the condition of the hostages was not immediately known. Childs did not provide any additional details regarding the rifle type Wongused.

Wong was a decorated U.S. soldier and a former patient of the the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, the largest veterans facility in the United States founded in 1884 in the Napa Valley which cares for about 1,000 elderly and disabled veterans. Golick's father-in-law, Bob Golick, said she had recently expelled Wong from the program, for reasons that remain unclear, reported The Associated Press.

He spent three years on active duty between May 2010 and August 2013, including a year in Afghanistan, The Washington Post reported, citing Department of Defense officials. Wong was awarded four medals, including an Afghanistan campaign medals with two campaign stars, as well as an Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle.

Police described the hostages as employees at The Pathway Home. State Senator Bill Dodd, whose district includes Napa County, said they were a clinical worker, a psychiatrist and an executive director, KNTV reporter Laura Garcia tweeted.

Larry Kramer told the Associated Press that the gunman slinked into a going-away party his wife, Devereaux Smith, a fundraiser for The Pathway Home, had been attending on campus that morning. He then let several people leave before taking hostages.

Robertson reported similar details.

"He did release hostages and kept the three people that he has now," he said. "I don't know at this time the status of the hostages."

A nearby elementary and high school were also placed on lockdown during the incident.

The sprawling 600-acre campus comprising the veterans home opened in 1984 and is the largest veterans home in the country with about 1,000 residents, according to the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

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