3 hostages taken, shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home

Police Investigating Report Of Active Shooter At Napa County Veterans Home

About 1,000 male and female disabled and elderly veterans from World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq live at the home, according to its website.

"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.

Officers say the gunman has taken three people hostage. Kramer's wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of the people allowed to leave.

The Napa Valley Register reported an armed gunman, dressed in black with body armor, entered the building and may have taken hostages.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs said it was following reports of gunfire at the home, and that the safety of its residents, workers and the community were its top priority.

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Thornton says her 96-year-old father - a WWII fighter pilot - is inside a hospital wing at the home in Yountville, north of San Francisco. It added that its officers are on scene and working with the Napa County Sheriff.

He tells KTVU-TV the property of the large veterans home was evacuated after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds. They said multiple shots had been fired and stated, "The suspect is believed to have been a member of The Pathway Home program for military veterans with emotional trauma".

The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents warning them to avoid the area.


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