Gonzales Shushereba was seven-months pregnant. He moved back in with them for a little while in 2013 after he returned from his deployment in Afghanistan and kept in touch online. From a vet-center crafts building across the street from the PTSD center, Sandra Woodford said she saw lawmen with guns but the only shots she heard were inside Pathway. "He didn't have a traditional upbringing but still he just became a fine young man. As far as I know, nothing like this has ever happened here before".
The Pathway Home, and many organizations like it across the country, are critical community partners in the mission of addressing the invisible wounds some veterans carry as they work to build successful, fulfilling lives.
The three hostages are employees of The Pathway Home, a counseling service for veterans who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and not residents of the facility north of San Francisco, Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said at a news conference. The Yountville facility, operated by the state of California, is the largest veterans home in the nation with over 1,000 veterans of World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Jeffrey Watts, who served with Wong in Afghanistan, says he told him through texts and phone calls that he'd been "put out on the street without a treatment plan" after multiple "run-ins with staff and other patients at the VA home over racial disparities".
Gonzales, Christine Loeber and Jennifer Golick were killed after an ex-patient took them hostage at gunpoint.
He didn't hear from his wife again. The residential program housed at the larger, state-run veterans home provides free educational, professional and clinical support to veterans seeking to return to school or pursue vocational training.
But when Turner arrived Friday at Loeber's home in the small town of Yountville, her friend was not there, said Turner's husband, Tom.
Loeber, who had taken over The Pathway Home 18 months ago, was known by all as dedicated and caring.
Of all the medical institutions she has worked with, "this is the most placid, calm, serene place", she said. Gray says the family is still processing her loss.
"He was doing everything he could!" she said.
Dunbar said all three of the women were excellent at what they did, and will be sorely missed.
The California Attorney General's Office operates a gun registry, but the agency declined to say Monday if Wong's previous behavior or actions while enrolled in the program and his subsequent expulsion prompted any reports to the gun registry or a program that seizes firearms from those who are no longer allowed to have them because of mental illness or criminal convictions.
California Highway Patrol Sergeant Robert Nacke told reporters he knew of no injuries.
"I and members of The Pathway Home family, and the Yountville family, lost three lovely people yesterday".
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.
"Law enforcement is trying to figure out exactly how [the gunman] was able to get around that", Kamer said.
Lampkin said another brother of theirs told him that Wong had been kicked out of Pathway for having knives, making threats and "not getting along with people". "It's because of the war". "Typically, you want to rush in and confront an active shooter", Nacke said.