Police, gunman exchange gunfire at veterans home

Active shooter at Yountville Veterans home

The Napa Valley Register reported an armed gunman, dressed in black with body armor, entered the building and may have taken hostages. Thornton said her "heart just bleeds for the people that are being held hostage".

He told KTVU a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting and let some leave, while keeping others hostage. The hostages were believed to be employees at the Yountville Veterans Home who worked with the suspect in the Pathway program, he said. She posted on Facebook, "Please pray we have about 30 police here at the Vets Home there is a shooter here".

"Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire. Napa Valley is a wonderful, lovely place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling".

The California Highway Patrol is also responding with aerial resources and sending a SWAT team to assist the Napa County Sheriff's Office on scene.

California authorities say some students rehearsing a play on the grounds of the veterans home had been locked down when a gunman took hostages. Teenagers from Justin-Siena High School who had been rehearsing in the theater drove themselves out in a line of cars Friday afternoon.

A resident of the home, identified as Rod Allen by the local CBS affiliate KPIX, said the gunman took the hostages after allowing some people at a party to leave.

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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.

"We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement", the state Department of Veterans Affairs said in a Twitter post. Its website says it offers residential accommodations with recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living.

Men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom live there, CalVet said.

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.

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