Friday, April 03, 2009

Under Siege: 13 Dead at American Civic Association 131 Front Street act of terrorism on unarmed Binghamton residents by Jiverly Wong

Official: Hostages held after ‘multiple’ shootings Under Seige 13 Shot Dead, American Civic Association, 131 Front Street, Binghamton NY. The local newspaper, the Press & Sun-Bulletin, said on its Web site that at least 17 people were shot and 41 people had been taken hostage. The newspaper reported that Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan, who was at the scene, said there was a hostage situation and said the shooter, Jiverly Wong of nearby Johnson City, had two handguns. The suspect was described as a VietNam man, Jiverly Wong who had lost his job. 
Wong was wearing a bright green nylon jacket and dark-rimmed glasses he carried two handguns, an act of terrorism on unarmed Binghamton residents. Who is Jiverly Voong aka Jiverly Wong? His given name was Linh Phat Voong at birth in VietNam in 1967. Conflicting picture of Binghamton gunman emerges. The maniac who shot 13 people dead in a Binghamton immigration center before killing himself was described Friday as an angry loner who loved guns, hated America and talked about assassinating the President. In all, Wong fired 99 rounds: 88 from a 9mm Beretta and 11 from a .45-caliber Beretta, matching the serial numbers on his New York State pistol license.
Jiverly Wong's New York State gun permit. Photo Credit News 10 Now, via Associated Press. The NYS pistol permit of Jiverly Wong listed two pistols, a Beretta PX4 Storm 45 ACP equipped with a laser sight ($780) and a Beretta M9 9MM ($700), also on the permit were 3 other pistols that had been crossed out, a Ruger P90 45 ACP ($400), a Springfield XD 9MM ($500) and a Glock 17 9MM ($500). The .45 ACP round is a slow moving but heavy round that is well-known for its stopping power. That's a lot fire power from high end name brand pistols, especially for a guy who could not keep a job, who paid for them and all the ammo he used practicing, he claimed he used about 10,000 rounds in about a year’s time? A box of 50 rounds of 45 ACP for target shooting costs $48, so if Wong fired off 10,000 rounds of 45 ACP in a year he spent $9,600 on ammo, who payed for it? Mr. Wong went to one of the Binghamton local shooting ranges and spent hours practicing on targets 50 feet away. He was using a semiautomatic Beretta pistol equipped with a laser sight, and he had a pile of shot-up targets at his side. 
Mr. Wong’s style of target practice caught the attention of the man shooting next to him, a few lanes over. “He was basically shooting his shots in rapid succession with virtually no hesitation between shots, very smooth and steady and rapid shooting,” said the man, who asked that his name not be used. Mr. Wong told the man that he had probably shot 10,000 rounds in about a year’s time. “He was pleasant,” the man recalled. “He was courteous. You would never suspect that he would pose a threat to anyone.” His father Henry Voong said he never saw his son with a handgun, never knew he owned one or ever heard him talk about going to a shooting range. He also said he had never seen the room or setting in the photos of Wong holding guns that were sent to News 10 Now, what the hell a secret life and access to another apartment?
Who was taking all of these photos of Jively Wong with his guns? Wong was smiling in 2 of the photos which apparently he never did, appears he knew the person taking the pics, was this person ever found or questioned? Was there a co-conspirator who helped Wong with all his expenses related to training with the Beretta handguns, Wong spent a lot of money on guns and ammo for a guy who could not keep a job. Mr. Wong, 41, returned to his old classroom and, in one of New York State’s deadliest mass shootings, killed 13 former classmates and association employees and wounded four others, firing 98 shots from two handguns in about a minute, before taking his own life, the police said. Kevin Greene, who once worked with 41-year-old mass murderer Jiverly Wong, said a question about a New York Yankees T-shirt he was wearing brought out his dark side. Greene said, “I asked him if he liked the Yanks,” and “he said, ‘No, I don’t like that team. I don’t like America. America sucks.’” Greene, who lives outside of Binghamton, said he worked with Voong - whom co-workers knew as Jiverly Wong - for a few months at the Shop Vac assembly plant in Binghamton before it closed in November. He told FBI investigators he and a buddy used to joke about how they thought Voong “would come in mad one day and shoot people. He seemed like that kind of guy.” The New York Times has now identified the alleged shooter as Jiverly Wong, who used the alias Jiverly Voong, according to law-enforcement officials.
Binghamton police say Wong became an American citizen in November 1995 and left the country shortly after. Wong's passport records, according to Binghamton police, say he returned to Los Angeles on Dec. 25, 1999, from Tokyo. During the nearly 15 years he spent in California, Wong rarely kept in touch with his family. He never visited or sent letters. His phone calls were few and short and he refused to share a mailing address. Mail addressed to their son occassionally arrived at the family's Binghamton home. Voong recalls opening a piece addressed to Jiverly Wong, which was different from his son's given name of Linh Phat Voong. "He must have changed his name after he got his citizenship," Voong said. "I was very angry because it's our family name. He can't just change our family name." After years of nearly total silence, Jiverly Wong called his father in 2007 and told him he had lost his job as a truck driver in California. He asked his father if he could come home. Voong said he was upset about not hearing from his son for so long, but welcomed him home. Voong said the man who arrived at their house nearly two years ago, was not the same person who left 15 years earlier.
A law-enforcement official said that Mr. Wong had a New York State pistol license that listed two pistols, a 45-caliber Beretta and a 9-mm Beretta. The authorities matched the serial numbers of two guns found with the gunman’s body to the serial numbers on his license. The authorities were trying to trace the guns to determine where Mr. Wong obtained them and their history. Donald Ackley, another former Shop Vac employee, said Voong “kept to himself but made some of off-the-wall comments like he wanted to kill the President.” It was unclear if Voong was threatening the life of former President Bush or President Obama. Greene said Voong’s conversations often focused on weapons. “He went to target practice on Saturday. He said he had two guns, one in his glove compartment. 

Two gun Wong. He was always talking about his guns. Mr. Wong was the second oldest of four children, and he came to the United States in July 1990 at the age of 22, immigrating from Vietnam with his parents and siblings under refugee status. His father, Henry Voong, 66, had fought in the Vietnam War, alongside United States forces, as an officer in the South Vietnamese Army, according to Nga and a friend of Mr. Voong’s. His son seemed to have had a harder time assimilating. Within roughly a year, Mr. Wong left New York for Southern California. Nga said the warmer climate and the area’s large Asian population appeared to be part of the rationale for the move.
Over the next two decades, Mr. Wong moved back and forth between the Binghamton area and the Los Angeles area. In August 1991, he was arrested in California, his first arrest in the United States. Details about that case remain unclear. The next year he was arrested on a charge of passing a bad check, the authorities said. One thing Mr. Wong was talkative about: guns. He was granted a New York State license to own a handgun in June 1997, and he would later become a member of two shooting ranges in the Binghamton area. A clerk at Wal-Mart in nearby Vestal said Mr. Wong would shop there for ammunition and bull’s-eyes for target practice. At Shop-Vac, he showed his pistol permit to co-workers and boasted of carrying a handgun in his glove compartment.
Who is Jiverly Voong aka Jiverly Wong? His given name was Linh Phat Voong at birth in Vietnam in 1967.
Date: 4/4/09 Background Check
SSN: 128-76-XXXX
SSN Issued: New York; 1990-1991
Street address deleted Johnson City NY 13790 02/09/2009
W Century Blvd Inglewood, CA 90304; 08/20/2007
E Florence Ave Huntington Park, CA 90255; 04/01/2004
Jefferson Ave Endicott, NY 13760; 00/13/2000
Baker St Johnson City, NY 13790; 00/01/2000
E 5th St Los Angeles, CA 90013; 00/01/2000
PO Box Endicott, NY 13761; 99/01/1999
1. VOONG, LINH P .......................SSN 128-76-XXXX
1). Street address deleted Johnson City NY 13790 Date 02/09/09
2). W Century Blvd Inglewood, CA 90304 LA COUNTY Date 08/20/2007

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