Gunman takes hostages after shots fired at California veterans home

Gunman takes hostages after shots fired at California veterans home

Gunman takes hostages after shots fired at California veterans home

A shooter took three hostages at a veterans' home in Napa Valley, northern California, the state's veterans affairs department said Friday.

The Veterans Home of California-Yountville is on lockdown and the incident is being treated as an "active shooter situation".

A witness told KPIX 5 dozens of emergency vehicles were racing along Highway 29 toward the veterans home, including at least four ambulances. Although no casualties have yet been reported by law enforcement, Napa County Fire Captain Chase Beckham revealed that a hostage situation is unfolding, and the gunman has barricaded himself within the center. Brenda Espinoza talked to friends inside the home and said they told her a suspect has not yet been caught.

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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.

She was at the party Friday morning of 10 to 15 people at the Yountville veterans home.

Yountville is a small town home to wineries such as Domaine Chandon, which is less than a half-mile from the veterans home, and Thomas Keller's famed restaurant The French Laundry, which is about a mile away.

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The veterans home, which is roughly 60 miles north of San Francisco and located in the heart of California's wine country, houses about 1,000 aged and disabled veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.

Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility.

Local outlets, citing police radio chatter, reported that the gunman is armed with an automatic weapon.

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The sheriff's department asked people to avoid the area.

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