Police responding to hostage situation at home for military veterans in California


The 600-acre campus opened in 1984 and is home to about 1,000 residents, according to CalVet - including veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Friday, warning them to avoid the area because of "activity at the Veterans Home in Yountville".

Larry Kamer told the Associated Press a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting and let some leave, while keeping others hostage.

Camera IconPolice stand outside a veterans home in California.

California Highway Patrol Sergeant Robert Nacke told reporters he knew of no injuries.

Officer John Fransen of the California Highway Patrol confirmed that shots have been fired, according to ABC affiliate KGO. CHP and Napa County fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment. Yountville sits about 56 miles north of San Francisco and is in the North Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay area.

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

Police have evacuated the property, though some people were still trapped inside.

Shots have been fired at officers, but now there no reports of injuries.

The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents at 10:30am local time.

The Napa Valley Register reports that the suspect is thought to be a 36-year-old man, dressed in all black and sporting body armor, who had been enrolled in The Pathway Home, a program for emotionally traumatized military veterans.