Official: Gunman takes hostages at Calif. veterans home

A man reportedly wearing body armor and armed with (a gun) entered the home


UPDATE: (2:39 p.m. CST) –

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — A fire official says no injured people have been treated at a California veterans home where at least three people have been taken hostage.

Napa County Fire Capt. Chase Beckman says dispatch received a call Friday morning about an armed man on the grounds.

Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at a veterans home in California. (Photo/AP)
Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at a veterans home in California. (Photo/AP)

An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several firetrucks could be seen at the scene.

California Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen confirms that there is an active shooter at the Veterans Home in Yountville, north of San Francisco.

He tells KTVU-TV the property of the large veterans home was evacuated after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds. He says officers are working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility and make sure others are safe.

The Yountville facility is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.

Yountville is in Napa Valley, the heart of Northern California's wine country.

EARLIER: 

Associated Press

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at a veterans home in California.

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

The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents at 10:30 a.m. Friday warning them to avoid the area because of "activity at the Veterans Home in Yountville."

The Napa Valley Register reported that a man wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon entered the home.

The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.

The state Veterans Affairs department says it is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.

 

Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran’s Home right now following reports of gunfire. The safety of our residents,...

Posted by Veterans Home of California - Yountville on Friday, March 9, 2018
 
KTVU FOX 2 Live Video

BREAKING: Three people were taken as hostages and shots were fired at The Veterans Home of California in Yountville near the dining hall Friday morning, prompting a swarm of police activity. KTVU's Mark Ibanez arrived at the scene and was told by SWAT to stay behind something, "because this guy has an automatic weapon."

Posted by KTVU Fox 2 on Friday, March 9, 2018
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