Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

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

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

While the still reeling from the Stoneman Douglas High Shool massacre in Florida, a precarious situation is unfolding at a Veterans' Home in Yountville, California.

An armed man wearing a bullet proof vest has reportedly taken three people hostage inside a veteran's home in California after firing between 15 and 20 shots, law enforcement officials said.

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

California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs says they haven't made contact with the gunman who's confined to one room but that hostage negotiators are standing by.

Men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom live there, CalVet said.

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Smith, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathway Home, was still inside the facility's dining hall and was not allowed to leave, he said. Thornton said she was anxious about how her dad's coping with the stress, considering his age, PTSD and slight dementia.

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

The site houses about 1,000 aging vets and is the largest veterans home in the United States, according to the department.

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

"CHP is working with Napa County Sheriff's Office to establish a perimeter and clear buildings", the Highway Patrol said on Twitter. Residents from the home often golf at the club for free, said Jason Boltt at Vintners.

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