The gunman who killed 13 people and himself in Friday's immigration center massacre in Binghamton, N.Y., wrote a letter stating his plan to take the lives of himself and at least two others, according to a local television station that received the letter today.
In the rambling letter, postmarked Friday, April 3, -- the day of the massacre -- and mailed to Syracuse's News 10 Now, the author allegedly identifies himself and admits to the shootings: "I am Jiverly Wong shooting the people."
Handwritten in all capital letters, the letter conveys a sense of isolation, prejudice and persecution, saying he couldn't accept his "poor life" and will take "at least two people with me go to return to the dust of earth."
Wong, an immigrant from Vietnam who reportedly attended language classes at the civic association where police say he opened fire, apologizes for his weak English skills in the letter. Through somewhat broken English, the letter explains the motives behind the shooting, pointing to a history of exploitation and ridicule by police officers.
"Of course you need to know why I shooting? Because undercover cop gave me a lot of a** during eighteen years," he wrote.
The letter says that police officers from California and New York spread rumors about him, stole money from him, tried to crash his car 32 times and even watched and touched him during his sleep.
"Cop wait until midnight when I off the light and went to the bed. Cop unlock my door and came in take a sit in my room ... on the thirteen time had three time touch me when I sleeping."
Wong also reportedly expressed annoyance about losing his job at a vacuum manufacturer.
"Right now I still get unemploment benefit of the company Shop Vac Endicott. New York State Department of Labor was cheat and unpaid from December 1st 2008 to December 28th 2008 I already claim weekly benefit from that date," it reads.
Officials had still not indentified a motive for the shootings, and it was initially believed Wong was discharged from IBM.
Along with the letter came photos of Wong with guns, as well as a gun permit and driver's license, according to the Associated Press. Local police say they will attempt to verify the authenticity of the letter and consider it as evidence in the investigation. They added that mental health professionals will analyze the letter to learn more about the psychology of the murderer.
As many as 14 people were shot dead in the murderous three-minute shooting rampage Friday inside an upstate New York civic association building that caters to immigrants, according to federal and state authorities. Police sources identified the gunman as Jiverly Wong.
According to Binghamton Police Chief Joe Zikuski, the gunman entered the one-story American Civic Association in downtown Binghamton at 10:31 a.m. Friday and began his shooting spree.
By 10:33 a.m., the shooting was over and 14 people -- including the gunman -- lay dead, the chief said.
At least four people were listed in critical condition. Earlier, sources said as many as 26 people were wounded.
Police were interviewing Wong's family members and executing a search warrant at his home in an effort to establish a motive. Officials were seen removing a gun rifle case, two hard drives, two briefcases and two brown paper bags from the home.