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Official update on Yountville hostage situation at veterans home

Reports of active shooter at California veterans home Gunman takes hostages at US veterans home
Gerardo Duncan | 10 March, 2018, 02:04

"This in an active and fluid situation", California Highway Patrol Sergeant Robert Nacke told reporters in Yountville, though he declined to provide any further information about the situation inside the home.

"There was a going-away party for a couple of the staff who were leaving today", he said. Three people may have been taken hostage in Building G.

"The safety of our residents, workers and the community is our top priority". He said authorities know the gunman's identify but are not releasing it yet.

Still, she worked about the stress of the lockdown on her father, considering his age and that he has post-traumatic stress disorder and some dementia.

Responding deputies exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was armed with a rifle.

California authorities say some students rehearsing a play on the grounds of the largest veterans home in the USA had been locked down when a gunman took hostages. He says he doesn't know the status of the hostages or the gunman's motive.

Jan Thornton of Vallejo, California, was among hundreds of relatives anxious how their loved ones were coping with the lockdown. But, she says she was able to talk to one of his friends, who is also locked down, and that he told her that her father is safe. She is in the home's dining hall and not allowed to leave.

Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman said earlier that the gunman took at least three people hostage.

The sheriff's office reported that a shot had been fired, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

Founded in 1884, the facility houses about 1,000 aging vets and is the largest veterans home in the United States, according to the CalVet.

"We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement", the department said in a Facebook post.

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

A large police presence is in the area.

The home is located across the street from the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville on California Drive. About 1,000 veterans from conflicts spanning from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom are said to call the facility home.

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