Hostage situation, shots fired at California veterans home

Clay Curtis
March 10, 2018

The California Highway Patrol was responding on Friday to an incident at a veterans' home in Napa Valley after local media said there were reports of shots fired and a hostage situation.

A shooter took three hostages in a room of a sprawling veterans facility in Northern California on Friday after exchanging gunfire with deputies.

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said the gunman is holding two or three people hostage.

Sources tell KTVU one of the remaining hostages is the executive director of The Pathway Home, which is a program that serves veterans.

The sheriff's office reported that a shot had been fired, but there were no immediate reports of any casualties.

According to CHP Capt. Chris Childs, a hotline at 707-948-3331 was created for those who are concerned about the safety of friends and family at the Yountville Veterans Home.

Hostage negotiators spent hours trying to contact the gunman but had not been able to do so, California Highway Patrol spokesman Robert Nacke said at 9 p.m. ET. She was placed on lockdown and he spoke to her by phone.

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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.

He does not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home. People on a nearby golf course were evacuated when the shooting began.

Armoured police cars, ambulances, three police helicopters and a number of fire engines were deployed to the scene.

The facility houses about 1,000 former soliders and is the largest home of its kind in the US.

Local outlets, citing police radio chatter, reported that the gunman is armed with an automatic weapon.

The state Veterans Affairs department says the home opened in 1884 and offers accommodations with recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for elderly and disabled residents.

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