Updated 04/05/2009 08:42 PM
Investigators discover Wong's disturbing past
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Authorities have painted a disturbing picture of the man who killed 13 people before shooting himself Friday.
"Not everybody who lost a job or has trouble speaking English goes out and kills 13 people. Something more has happened here," said District Attorney Gerald Mollen.
Investigators say 41-year-old Jiverly Wong had an affinity for weapons and although they would not go into details, said people close to Wong were not entirely surprised by his actions. The FBI is launching an investigation into the attack with the hopes of discovering Wong's motives.
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"We obviously can't explain everything. We need to understand why these things happened. What happened to the social safety net that could have responded to this before it occurred," said senate majority leader Malcolm Smith.
"Maybe we can develop some kind of early warning system that more and more people find out about in the community and then respond to authorities if they see those warning signs," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.
The District Attorney has asked that anyone who had interactions with Wong before the murder to come forward with the information. Authorities say a thorough investigation is necessary to help develop better ways to prevent acts of violence in the future.