- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

BINGHAMTON, New York — The man who opened fire in an immigrant center, killing 13 people before taking his own life, felt he was persecuted by police, couldn’t accept his “poor life” and was intent on killing himself and at least two other people, according to a letter mailed to a television station the day of the massacre.

The letter’s authenticity could not immediately be verified Monday. It was mailed to News 10 Now, in nearby Syracuse, and postmarked Friday, the day Wong went into the American Civic Association community center and started shooting.

Part of the letter reads: “I am Jiverly Wong shooting the people.”

The letter was dated March 18, more than two weeks before the shooting. In included photos of Wong with two guns, a gun permit and his driver’s license.

The letter ends with him saying he can’t “accept my poor life,” that he is taking on the job of a judge and will “cut my poor life.” He writes “at least two people with me go to return to the dust of the earth.”

Police speculated Wong, who was ethnically Chinese but was from Vietnam, was angry over losing a job and frustrated about his poor English skills.

The letter reads, “I am sorry I know a little English.”

It indicates a delusional man obsessed with unidentified police he says taunted him and tortured him, even going into his room, watching him sleep and touching him while he slept. The letter says police stole money from his wallet and stopped their cars in front of him 32 times in efforts to make him crash into them.

“I never hit the car,” the letter states.

In a statement, the city of Binghamton, which is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northwest of New York City, said it was reviewing the letter as evidence in the investigation.

Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told the TV station police would be asking mental health professionals to analyze the letter. He said behavioral experts from the FBI suggested “something like this might happen.”

“It’s not a complete surprise to us whatsoever,” he said.

News 10 Now said it received the letter Monday.

The letter, neatly written in capital letters, ends with: “You have a nice day.”

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