These are the victims of the shooting at a Northern California veterans home

veterans home shooting victims

On Friday evening, a gunman and three hostages were found dead after a daylong standoff with police at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, law-enforcement officials said.

The suspected gunman, Albert Wong, was reportedly an ex-patient of the home and shot at a sheriff’s deputy as he held the three hostages, all of whom worked at the veterans home. Police breached the room where they were being held at the facility shortly before 6:00 p.m. local time and found all four dead, according to California Highway Patrol assistant chief Chris Childs. 

Local media outlets reported that Wong was a veteran and a former member of The Pathway Home program, which launched in 2008. On the program’s website, it says it helps veterans “cope with the effects of their deployment,” specifically in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here are the three victims of the shooting: 

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Christine Loeber, the 48-year-old executive director of the veterans home

Loeber had served as the home’s executive director since September 2016, according to her LinkedIn page. Before that, she worked as a therapist at several veteran-recovery programs for nearly a decade. She held a master’s degree in clinical social work and mental health from Boston College.

In November 2017, Loeber and the Pathway program were featured in a San Francisco Chronicle story.

She told the Chronicle: “When these people are in combat, their systems are programmed to keep them alive under incredibly stressful situations. Nobody helps them understand that when they get back, they have to reprogram their nervous system to operate at a different caliber so they can be successful civilians.”

Sources: LinkedIn, The San Francisco Chronicle

Jen Golick, a 42-year-old staff psychologist

Golick, who earned a PhD in applied psychology from Akamai University, worked as a therapist for the Pathway program. She specialized in Cognitive Therapy and was well versed in psychodynamic, interpersonal, and family systems theories, according to her LinkedIn page. Her work focused on diverse populations, including the chronically mentally ill and children. On the Yountville veterans home’s site, she’s listed as the Clinical Director.

Around 10:30 a.m. PT, just after the gunman arrived, Golick called her husband, Mark, to tell him that she had been taken hostage, The Oregonian reported

Authorities say it’s too early to tell whether Wong chose the victims at random. Golick’s father-in-law, Bob Golick, told the AP that she had recently expelled Wong from the Pathway program.

Sources: LinkedIn, The Oregonian, The Associated Press

Jennifer Gonzales, a 29-year-old psychologist

As a therapist, Gonzales worked with veterans who struggled with depression, anxiety, and/or PTSD. She split up her time between the Pathway program and the Student Veteran Health Program, organized through the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs.

Gonzales received her doctorate from Palo Alto University in 2003, when she joined a practice group to work with Santa Clara County sheriff deputies, their families, and civilians. 

Source: PsychArmor Institute

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