4 pm .UPDATE: Yountville Veterans Home Standoffs

Howard TerryMar 11, 2018

They were later identified as Pathway Home Executive Director Christine Loeber, 48, the programme's clinical director, therapist Jen Golick, 42, and Jennifer Gonzales, 29, a psychologist.

In a statement, Pathway Home paid tribute to the victims: "These courageous 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".

It also said they worked "closely with those in greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan".

The gunman has not yet been identified and it is not known whether he had any relationship with the victims, he said.

Department of Defense officials said Wong was a decorated US soldier who served on active duty from May 2010 to August 2013.

He was also awarded an Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle.

According to Larry Kamer, the husband of one of the Pathway Home administrators, Devereaux Smith, Wong walked into the program's building carrying a rifle during a going-away party for one of the employees.

Sandra Woodford, who works at the crafts centre on the Yountville veterans home campus across from Pathway Home, says Loeber wanted to make sure younger vets would be welcome and treated warmly. He was in active service from May 2010 to August 2013 and previously was in the Army Reserve from October 1998 to December 2002. He spent a year in Afghanistan.

Gov. Jerry Brown said flags would fly at half-staff at the state Capitol in honor of the slain hostages, "three people dedicated to serving our veterans".

Jennifer Golick's father-in-law, Bob Golick, told the AP that Golick had recently kicked Wong out of the program.

Gov. Jerry Brown said flags would be flown at half-staff at the capitol and said that he and his wife "are deeply saddened by the terrible violence".

Authorities are not identifying the suspect in the California veterans home hostage standoff or the three women who were killed.

A group of about 80 students who were on the home's grounds were safely evacuated after being locked down, Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said.

CNN reported that Kamer said Smith and some other employees managed to escape, though Kamer didn't specify how.

Officials have said the suspect exchanged gunfire with a deputy at the center and took the women hostage at about 10:30 a.m.

Shortly before 6 p.m., law enforcement officers entered the room where Wong had been holed up and found him and the three hostages dead.

"This is a tragic piece of news, one we were really hoping we wouldn't have to come before the public to give".

Loeber, 48, a social worker with her master's from Boston College, worked at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics in San Francisco and Menlo Park before coming to the Pathway Home. Childs added that a bomb-sniffing dog had alerted on the suspect's auto but no bombs were found in the vehicle.

A US official had earlier confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press.

3 Hostages Killed At Yountville Veterans Home, Gunman DeadA hostage situation at the largest veterans home in the nation has ended in tragedy.

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