Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Gunfire and hostages taken at California veterans home

Gunfire and hostages taken at California veterans home

The Napa County Sheriff's Office reported that a shot had been fired, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties. Teenagers from Justin-Siena High School who had been rehearsing in the theater drove themselves out in a line of cars Friday afternoon.

Officials gave an update on the situation unfolding at a veterans home in Yountville on Friday.

A gunman has taken hostages at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville.

The law enforcement departments who have responded to the hostage situation include the Napa County Sheriff, Napa Police Department, Sonoma County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"We've tried numerous times and been trying since 10:30 this morning to contact him by his own cell phone and also the phones in the dorm area", the sheriff said.

The Veterans Home of California opened in 1884 and is the oldest veterans home in the country. He said authorities know the gunman's identify but are not releasing it yet.

Jan Thornton was among hundreds of relatives anxious sick about their loved ones. Yountville sits about 56 miles north of San Francisco and is in the North Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay area.

"She's quite shaken up".

A woman who lives on the property tells KTVU she is safe, and is now on lockdown. Thornton said she was anxious about how her dad's coping with the stress, considering his age, PTSD and slight dementia.

Kamer said his wife was inside the home's dining hall and was not allowed to leave.

BREAKING: ATF San Francisco now responding to an active shooter/hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville.

The county sheriff's office responded to a call at around 10:30 a.m. when the suspect allegedly walked into a party hosted by Pathway Home, a program that works with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Police closed access to the large veterans home in Yountville after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds.

The armed suspect was dressed in black with body armor, according to local news.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs could not be reached immediately for comment but in a Facebook post said it was following reports of gunfire at the home.

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