(UPDATING) Gunman Holding Hostages at Napa County Veterans Home

10 March, 2018, 01:03 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages

An official from the veteran's home told the news station that it was unclear if the shots were fired from inside or outside the building. Police have surrounded the home and are telling people to avoid the area.

Larry Kamer told the Associated Press a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting at the home and let some leave while keeping others hostage.

Smith, a fundraiser for the non-profit Pathway Home, was still inside the facility's dining hall and was not allowed to leave, he said.

Camera IconPolice stand outside a veterans home in California.

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The Veterans Home of California-Yountville's website says it is the largest veterans' home in the United States, inhabited by around 1,000 "aged or disabled veterans".

The home has been in contact the California Highway Patrol, which provides public safety help because the home is a state facility, Cusator said.

Yountville is a town of about 3,000 residents in the north San Francisco Bay area.

CHP is also responding with aerial resources and sending a SWAT team to assist the Napa County Sheriff's Office on scene.

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The California Highway Patrol said via Twitter its officers are on the scene working with Napa County Sheriff's deputies "to bring the situation to a safe conclusion".

He tells KTVU-TV the property of the large veterans home was evacuated after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds.

Earlier reports said the man was holding three people.

Earlier, it emerged the veterans home was on lockdown after reports of shots fired.

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