Armed man takes hostages in Californian veterans home

The Associated Press

Police and emergency crews were responding to a hostage situation in progress at Veterans Home of California in Yountville, north of Napa, according to Bay Area media reports.

Residents at the Veterans Home in Yountville were ordered to shelter in place shortly before 2 p.m., according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office. Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at the veterans home.

The 600-acre campus was put into lockdown about 10:40 a.m. and remained that way more than 30 minutes later.

The Veterans Home of California opened in 1884 and is the oldest veterans home in the country.

Jan Thornton of Vallejo is among hundreds of relatives anxious about their loved ones at a Northern California veterans home that was locked down after reports of an active shooter. Brenda Espinoza talked to friends inside the home and said they told her a suspect has not yet been caught.

CalVet, a government organization representing California veterans, also confirmed that there was an ongoing situation.

The man apparently slipped into the sprawling Veterans Home of California during a going-away party.

Kamer says his wife is now inside the home's dining hall and is not allowed to leave. Thornton said she was anxious about how her dad's coping with the stress, considering his age, PTSD and slight dementia.

Residents were temporarily evacuated from the veterans home in October when fires raged through Napa County.

"I don't know the world we live in today, I really don't", she said. "Napa Valley is a wonderful, attractive place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling".

He does not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

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