Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

A man, dressed in black and wearing body armor, was reportedly armed with an automatic weapon. "We don't know his motivation", Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said.

"Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire", CalVet secretary Vito Imbasciani said in a statement.

Police were called to the Veterans' Home of California in Yountville at 10.40am (6.40pm GMT), and the 600-acre facility was placed on lockdown.

Army veteran and resident Bob Sloan, 73, was working at the home's TV station when a co-worker came in and said he had heard four gunshots coming from the Pathway Home.

Chris Childs of the California Highway Patrol said a hotline will be set up for people to obtain information about relatives who live and work inside the home.

Larry Kamer, whose wife was released by the gunman, spoke with KTVU about the hostage situation.

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

Jan Thornton of Vallejo is among hundreds of relatives anxious about their loved ones at a Northern California veterans home that was locked down after reports of an active shooter. Thornton said her 96-year-old father, a World War II fighter pilot, was inside a hospital wing and that she had reached one of his friends who said he was safe.

The California Highway Patrol, as well as county sheriff's officers, established a secure perimeter around the facility, which is home to about 1,000 residents.

Yountville is in Napa Valley, the heart of Northern California's wine country.

Golfers on a nearby course have been told to evacuated and three police helicopters have landed.

An armoured police vehicle, ambulances and several firetrucks could be seen at the scene. It's located in Napa Valley, approximately an hour north of San Francisco, and was founded in the late 19th century.

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