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Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages
March 22 2018, 05:44 | Irvin Gilbert
Reports of active shooter at California veterans home
Marc Rensburger, a spokesman with the California Highway Patrol said that an individual with a gun was holding three hostages inside one of the buildings at the Veterans Home in Yountville, in Napa County. The witnesses husband said the women were having a staff meeting, a celebration for employees that were leaving the facility, and the gunman entered as "calm as can be".
Robertson said about 70 students who were inside the Lincoln Theater, located on the grounds of the veterans home, have been evacuated and are safe. He says officials know who the gunman is but weren't releasing his name and didn't know what his motive was.
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.
"There was an exchange of gunfire, fired by the suspect and our deputy", he said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, but Robertson said the shooter is armed with a rifle and exchanged "many bullets" with responding officers.
Jan Thornton was among hundreds of relatives anxious sick about their loved ones.
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.
A woman who lives on the property tells KTVU she is safe, and is now on lockdown.
Kamer says his wife is now inside the home's dining hall and is not allowed to leave.
Nobody is known to be injured, he said, but earlier the man and officers fired shots at each other.
The Yountville facility is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.
BREAKING: ATF San Francisco now responding to an active shooter/hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville.
The Yountville Veterans Home is said the largest veterans' home in the country, according to its website. "We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement and law enforcement will provide further official information when confirmed", said Dr. Vito Imbasciani, the CalVet Secretary, in a statement. Police have surrounded the facility and are telling people to avoid the area.