Hostage situation, shots fired at California veterans home

Hostage situation, shots fired at California veterans home

As of a 2 p.m. news conference, three people were still kept hostage while others had been released, and no injuries had been reported.

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. Thornton said she was anxious about how her dad's coping with the stress, considering his age, PTSD and slight dementia.

The lockdown is in the Pathway home, which serves veterans who have PTSD who are working to transition back into society, according to KGO. She is in the home's dining hall and not allowed to leave. He spoke to her by phone.

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

Nobody is known to be injured, he said, but earlier the man and officers fired shots at each other.

Kamer said he does not know why the shooter let his wife and some colleagues leave. An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several fire trucks were at the scene.

The state Veterans Affairs department says it is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.




Founded in 1884, the facility houses about 1,000 aging vets and is the largest veterans home in the United States, according to the CalVet.

BREAKING: ATF San Francisco now responding to an active shooter/hostage situation at the Veterans Home of California at Yountville. Police have surrounded the facility and are telling people to avoid the area.

The Napa Valley Register reported that a man wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon entered the home.

The county sheriff's office responded to a call at around 10:30 a.m. when the suspect allegedly walked into a party hosted by Pathway Home, a program that works with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Larry Kramer told Reuters his wife worked at the facility, the largest of its kind in the country and home to about 1,000 veterans about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of San Francisco.

The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.

"We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement", the department said in a Facebook post.

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