Category: Mass Murders
Location: Binghamton, NY
Date: April 3, 2009
Crime: Wong walked into a crowded, local Civic Center with a 9mm Beretta and .45 caliber pistol and randomly opened fire on the people inside. A total of 13 victims were dead and 4 others wounded before Wong turned the gun on himself.
Biography: Jiverly Antares Wong was born on December 8, 1967 into a Chinese family living in South Korea. By the age of 20, he had moved to California in the United States and by 1992 had been arrested and convicted of misdemeanor fraud. He was still allowed his American citizenship in November of 1995, was married and divorced by 1999. He worked steadily as a delivery man in California until July 2007, where one day he just didn't show up for work. It was later learned that he had abruptly moved to the Binghamton area in central New York state. He worked at a vacuum cleaner plant until it closed its doors in November 2008. Acquaintances and co-workers of Wong indicated that he was becoming increasingly more frustrated because he couldn't master the English language and his anger worsened after he lost his job at the plant. During his time in New York at the plant, he had commented on more than one occasion about his distaste for America and that he wanted to assassinate the President. Two days after the shooting, a package was received by a Syracuse, New York news station which contained a two page letter and several photos of Wong holding guns and smiling. In the letter, is a rambling diatribe detailing perceived persecutions by the government and police against Wong.