Gunman takes hostages at veterans home in Napa Valley, Californi

The Associated Press

Negotiating teams are trying to talk with the gunman, who is believed to be armed with a rifle, he said.

According to CHP Capt. Chris Childs, a hotline at 707-948-3331 was created for those who are concerned about the safety of friends and family at the Yountville Veterans Home.

It treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The state Veterans Affairs department says the home that opened in 1984, and offers residential accommodations with recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living. The report also said the sheriff's office reported a shot had been fired. He didn't give a motive for the gunman's actions.

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.


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. He told KTVU a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting and let some leave, while keeping others hostage. She said she's lived in Yountville since 1995 and is rattled about a shooting so close to home. A witness whose wife was inside the facility said that the hostages are three female employees of the Pathway Home program, which aims to help veterans transition from combat back into civilian life.

She was able to speak with him by phone, according to AP. Although no casualties have yet been reported by law enforcement, Napa County Fire Captain Chase Beckham revealed that a hostage situation is unfolding, and the gunman has barricaded himself within the center.

Gunfire was reported Friday at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, the California Department of Veterans said.

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