Hostage situation, shots fired at California veterans home

Citing the California Highway Patrol, CNN affiliates in Northern California are reporting the gunman is holding three hostages at the veterans home in the Napa Valley.

A woman who lives on the property tells KTVU she is safe, and is now on lockdown.

The veterans home was under lockdown and people inside were told to shelter in place, local media reported.

The Napa Valley Register reports that the suspect is thought to be a 36-year-old man, dressed in all black and sporting body armor, who had been enrolled in The Pathway Home, a program for emotionally traumatized military veterans.

Larry Kamer told the Associated Press a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting and let some leave, while keeping others hostage. Kramer's wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of the people allowed to leave.

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The California Highway Patrol said via Twitter its officers are on the scene working with Napa County Sheriff's deputies "to bring the situation to a safe conclusion".

The Yountville Veterans Home is said the largest veterans' home in the country, according to its website. She was placed on lockdown and he spoke to her by phone. An employee at the veterans home told her to close and lock her door.

Vintners Golf Club, a popular golf course nearby, has shut down the property in response to this situation. About 1,000 veterans from conflicts spanning from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom are said to call the facility home.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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