Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages

Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages

The man apparently slipped into the sprawling Veterans Home of California during a going-away party.

Robert Nacke told reporters that he knew of no injuries, and authorities gave no immediate information about the gunman or his motive. 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.

The FBI has deployed a SWAT team to Yountville, spokesperson Katherine Zackel said.

Yountville is a town of about 3,000 residents in the north San Francisco Bay area. He said he did not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

"There was an exchange of gunfire, fired by the suspect and our deputy", he said.

Christine Loeber
Shots fired at Yountville Veterans Home, 3 hostages

The Napa County Register reports the man is wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon.

Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility.

The veterans' home is the largest in the United States, with about 1000 residents.

Yountville is in Napa Valley, the heart of Northern California's wine country. The home is near several popular Napa Valley wineries and restaurants and borders Vintners Golf Club, where golfers have been evacuated from the course. About 1,000 male and female disabled and elderly veterans from World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq live at the home, according to its website.

The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.

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