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Gunman takes 3 hostages at veterans home in Yountville, Calif., sheriff says

10 March, 2018, 01:15 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Gunman takes 3 hostages at veterans home in Yountville, Calif., sheriff says

A statement from the facility read: 'Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire.

Police told KTVU-TV that between 15 and 20 gunshots were fired. Officers say the gunman has taken three people hostage.

Larry Kamer says his wife, Devereaux Smith, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathway Home. Local TV station KTVU is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is sending a SWAT team to negotiate with the shooter and agents are already at the scene.

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

Gunman takes 3 hostages at veterans home in Yountville, Calif., sheriff says

The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents at 10:30 a.m. warning them to avoid the area. Thornton said her "heart just bleeds for the people that are being held hostage". An employee at the veterans home told her to close and lock her door. Gunman takes hostages at Yountville veterans home At a press conference officials confirmed that gunshots were exchanged between deputies and the suspected gunman.

At least one school in the area was placed on lockdown.

Events manager Elizabeth Naylor, who was working about 16km north of the veterans' home, said she heard waves of emergency sirens. About 1,000 veterans from conflicts spanning from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom are said to call the facility home.

The veterans home is an important part of the Napa Valley Community, with the 1,200-seat Lincoln Theater, a golf course and a large library, CalVet said.




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