Hostage situation, shots fired at California veterans home

Hostage situation, shots fired at California veterans home”

Authorities are asking people to stay away from the Veterans Home in Yountville.

She was able to speak with him by phone, according to AP.

California Highway Patrol Sergeant Robert Nacke told reporters he knew of no injuries. She is in the home's dining hall and not allowed to leave. He said he did not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

Yountville is about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco. CHP and Napa County fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Napa County Register reports the man is wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon.

An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several firetrucks could be seen at the scene.

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California Highway Patrol added it had dispatched "officers and aerial resources" to the scene, with a SWAT team also enroute.

He tells KTVU-TV the property of the large veterans home was evacuated after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds.

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

The California Department of Veterans Affairs said it was following reports of gunfire at the home, and that the safety of its residents, workers and the community were its top priority.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office said officers responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville around 10:45 a.m. local time and a shelter-in-place order was issued.

According to CNN, the veterans home is the largest in the country and is home to some 1000 elderly and disable residents.

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