Shooter takes three hostages at California veterans' home

10 March, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Gladys Mathis
  • Reports of active shooter at California veterans home

CNN reports that the center is home to around 1,000 retired veterans and is the largest such facility in the country.

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

The state Veterans Affairs department says the home that opened in 1984 is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 elderly and disabled residents.

Hostages held in active shooting situation at Yountville veterans homeABC7 News crews at the scene have not heard gunshots but report seeing half a dozen ambulances at the property.

The home has been in contact the California Highway Patrol, which provides public safety help because the home is a state facility, Cusator said.

CalVet: "Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire".

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

Camera IconPolice stand outside a veterans home in California.

Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman said earlier that the gunman took at least three people hostage.

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.

Officer John Fransen of the California Highway Patrol confirmed that shots have been fired, according to ABC affiliate KGO. They said multiple shots had been fired and stated, "The suspect is believed to have been a member of The Pathway Home program for military veterans with emotional trauma".

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