Gunman Takes Hostages At California Veterans Home


Law enforcement from the Napa County, Marin and the California Highway Patrol have surrounded the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, which is the largest veterans' residence community in the United States.

A man who exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers is holding three people hostage inside the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, authorities said Friday afternoon.

The lockdown is in the Pathway home, which serves veterans who have PTSD who are working to transition back into society, according to KGO.

A witness told KPIX 5 dozens of emergency vehicles were racing along Highway 29 toward the veterans home, including at least four ambulances.

The man apparently slipped into the sprawling Veterans Home of California during a going-away party. The staff is also monitoring the situation in Napa County so it can provide updates to residents and employees.

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.

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Jan Thornton of Vallejo, California, was among hundreds of relatives anxious how their loved ones were coping with the lockdown.

Thornton says she's still shaking and that she hasn't been able to talk to her father.

Though she thinks her dad is safe, she is still anxious about the stress of the situation, considering his age and that he has post-traumatic stress disorder and some dementia.

About 1,000 male and female disabled and elderly veterans from World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq live at the home, according to its website. Police have not confirmed the report.

The sheriff's department asked people to avoid the area.

The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press. Residents from the home often golf at the club for free, said Jason Boltt at Vintners.