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Fernando Juarez, 36, of Napa, center, embraces his 22-year-old sister Vanessa Flores, right, at the Veterans Home of California on Friday March 9, 2018. in Yountville, Calif. Flores, who is a caregiver at the facility, exchanged texts with family while sheltering in place. A gunman took at least three people hostage at the largest veterans home in the United States on Friday, leading to a lockdown of the sprawling grounds in California, authorities said. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
March 11, 2018 - 4:56 PM

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. - The Latest on a fatal shooting at a California veterans centre (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

The former guardian of an ex-soldier who killed three employees at a Northern California veterans program says he always wanted to serve his country and never showed any violent tendencies.

Cissy Sherr said Saturday that she raised Albert Wong from the time he was 6 until he was a teenager after his father died and his mother developed health problems.

Sherr said Wong was put into the foster care system when he was a teenager because she and her husband worked full-time. She said he kept in touch with her after he graduated and joined the Army.

She described him as soft-spoken and said he was always a person of integrity and honour.

Sherr says Wong had trouble readjusting after his deployment in Afghanistan and that it "started to catch up with him."

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5:15 p.m.

The husband of a clinical psychologist who was killed by a former patient at a California veterans treatment program says she died doing what she loved — helping those in need.

T.J. Shushereba said in a statement Saturday that his wife, Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, "will always be remembered for her unconditional love and incredibly giving heart."

He says Jennifer and her two colleagues "died doing the work they were so passionate about."

Shushereba thanked the community for an outpouring of love and support and also thanked first-responders.

Authorities said the 32-year-old Gonzales Shushereba was almost seven months pregnant.

Police say 36-year-old Albert Wong killed Gonzales Shushereba and two colleagues at the Pathway Home on Friday. He was also found dead after an hours-long standoff.

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4 p.m.

A woman who had been the legal guardian of a former soldier who killed three employees at a veterans treatment centre in California says he was calm and soft-spoken but had a hard time readjusting after his deployment in Afghanistan.

Cissy Sherr tells the San Francisco Chronicle that she and her husband were Albert Wong's legal guardians for a time when he was a child after his father died and his mother developed health problems.

She says he moved back in with them for about a month in 2013 after returning from Afghanistan, had a hard time readjusting and couldn't sleep at night.

Sherr says he wanted to go back to school to study computers and business and thought the Pathway Home program would help him.

Police say Wong killed three employees at the Pathway Home on Friday and was found dead after an hours-long standoff.

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12:50 p.m.

A psychologist who was killed by a former patient at a veterans treatment facility in California was seven months pregnant.

Thirty-two-year-old Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, a clinical psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, is being remembered by friends for her commitment to both her family and her job.

Family friend Vasiti Ritova said Saturday that Gonzales Shushereba was married a year ago and was supposed to travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to celebrate her wedding anniversary.

Ritova, whose niece cares for Gonzales Shushereba's grandmother, says she would visit her grandmother every weekend, sing to her and give her baths.

Marjorie Morrison, the founder of a non-profit organization known as PsychArmor, says Gonzales Shushereba was "brilliant" and did amazing work with veterans with PTSD.

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This item has been corrected to note that the victim's surname is Gonzales Shushereba and she was 32 years old, not 29.

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11:45 a.m.

The mayor of a California town where a former soldier killed three women at a veterans treatment centre says the employees will be remembered as beautiful people and called the gunman "one of our heroes who clearly had demons."

Yountville Mayor John Dunbar said Saturday the shooting a day earlier at the Pathway Home was a "terrible tragedy."

Dunbar also serves on the board of directors for the Pathway Home, a treatment program for veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He says the three women who were killed "lived their lives selflessly to serve others."

Dunbar says the Pathway Home will continue to operate. He says the program's board will meet later Saturday to discuss the plan.

The gunman, who was also found dead, was identified by police as 36-year-old Albert Wong.

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10:15 a.m.

The head of a Northern California treatment centre for veterans is being remembered as a warm, compassionate woman who cared deeply for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Christine Loeber was executive director of the Pathway Home, a treatment program for veterans from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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.

She says the 48-year-old Loeber was intelligent, delightful, outgoing and charming.

Loeber worked at Department of Veterans Affairs clinics in San Francisco and Menlo Park before going to The Pathway Home, the setting for a 2017 fictional movie about a Marine with PTSD called "Thank You for Your Service."

She was one of three women killed Friday by Albert Wong after a daylong siege.

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9:40 a.m.

Yellow police tape surrounded the multilevel, vanilla-colored stucco building that houses a program for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress a day after a deadly Northern California shooting.

Some began placing flowers near the sign for the Pathway Home program at the Yountville veterans home in Napa Valley Saturday.

Veterans from earlier wars passed by the building that houses the program. They spoke of the three victims who worked for the program and the gunman.

Muriel Zimmer, an 84-year-old Air Force veteran of the Korean War, said she even feels badly for the gunman, who has been identified as Afghanistan Army veteran Albert Wong.

Zimmer says she "cannot blame him. It's because of the war."

She says she would exchange encouraging words and hugs with vets at the post-trauma home when she could.

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6 a.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted he is "deeply saddened" by the shooting that took the lives of three women who worked at a California veterans centre.

Trump tweeted Saturday morning that he mourns "the loss of three incredible women who cared for our Veterans."

Authorities say 36-year-old former Army rifleman Albert Wong killed two executives and a psychologist Friday at The Pathway Home, a non-profit post-traumatic stress disorder program at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville in the Napa Valley wine region. He had slipped into a going-away party for some Pathway employees.

A daylong siege at The Pathway House ended Friday evening with the discovery of four bodies, including the gunman.

Investigators haven't yet determined a motive.

A relative of one victim said Wong was recently expelled from the program.

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3:15 a.m.

The gunman who killed three women at a Northern California veterans centre had been kicked out of a therapy program for soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The suspect identified as Afghanistan veteran Albert Wong was found dead Friday evening by Napa Valley sheriff's deputies at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville.

Wong slipped into a going-away party for some employees of The Pathway Home, a non-profit post-traumatic stress disorder program. He took some people hostage and let others go.

Authorities say he traded gunshots with a deputy early on and then nothing more was heard until his body was found along with those of the home's executive director, clinical director and a psychologist.

A relative of one victim says Wong recently was kicked out of the program.

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