California officials report hostages taken in 'active shooter situation' at veterans' home

Casey Dawson
March 10, 2018

While officials didn't specify how many hostages there are, the Napa Valley Register newspaper reported that it appears two people are being held.

"Law enforcement authorities have responded to the Yountville Veterans Home this morning following reports of gunfire near the main dining hall".

At a brief news conference, patrol spokesman Sgt. Robert Nacke said he knew of no injuries. Three people may have been taken hostage in Building G.

California Highway Patrol have said they have officers on the scene and are attempting to "bring the situation to a safe conclusion".

An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several fire trucks were at the facility, which is home to about 1,000 residents.

Events manager Elizabeth Naylor, who was working about 16km north of the veterans' home, said she heard waves of emergency sirens.

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A man says a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting at a Northern California veterans home and let some leave, while keeping others hostage.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office is asking people to avoid the area.

It is unclear if the shots were live rounds, according to an official from the Veteran's Home.

The facility has been placed in lockdown, the Department of Veterans Affairs told the Los Angeles Times.

The home is under lockdown after reports of shots fired, according to a spokesperson at the veteran's home, NBC Bay Area reports.

The veterans home is an important part of the Napa Valley Community, with the 1,200-seat Lincoln Theater, a golf course and a large library, CalVet said.

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