'Jiverly Voong,' the Binghamton KillerS

Slowly, news is starting to come out about 'Jiverly Voong,' the gunman who shot and killed more than a dozen people in a Binghamton immigration center yesterday. He was an angry gun-obsessed loner, surprise.

The Daily News tracked down this photo of Voong (some outlets give his real name as Jiverly Wong; other as Jiverly Voong; one of those is an alias, but it's unclear which) at work. The paper has the best story on the shooter so far, and here's what we know:

  • He came to the US from Vietnam when he was "young."
  • His wife and kids left him at some point.
  • He shared a home with his father in Johnson City, NY. The men were supposedly good neighbors, sharing apples and berries from their garden.
  • "Oh of course," #1: Voong hated America. "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.'"
  • "Oh of course," #2: Quiet type. "He was a very nice guy, but he seemed very, very depressed."
  • "Oh of course," #3: Gun nut. "He went to target practice on Saturday. He said he had two guns, one in his glove compartment. He was always talking about his guns."
Hopefully we can skip the crazy racism backlash that often goes along with these things. It would be nice if crazy people couldn't buy guns, though. [NYDN]