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New York gunman's letter mentions police harassment

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The man who gunned down 13 people in an immigrant center thought police had harassed him for years and apparently was intent on killing people before returning "to the dust of the earth," according to a rambling letter in broken English mailed to a TV station the day of the massacre.

The letter's authenticity could not immediately be verified, but the city of Binghamton said it was reviewing the material as "evidence in the investigation." The letter was mailed to News 10 Now in Syracuse and postmarked Friday, the day Vietnamese immigrant Jiverly Wong stormed into the American Civic Association in Binghamton and went on a rampage before killing himself. News 10 Now said it received the letter Monday.

"I am Jiverly Wong Shooting the people," the letter begins.

The letter was dated March 18, more than two weeks before the shooting. It included photos of Wong, 41, smiling 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."

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 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 him and stopped their cars in front of him 32 times to make him crash into them.

The city of Binghamton, which is about 140 miles northwest of New York City, said it was reviewing the letter but would release no further comment about it until a news briefing scheduled for today.

New York gunman's letter mentions police harassment 04/06/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 6, 2009 10:50pm]
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