Gunman takes hostages at veterans home in Napa Valley, Californi

Gunman takes hostages at veterans home in Napa Valley, Californi

Gunman takes hostages at veterans home in Napa Valley, Californi

An employee at the veterans home told her to close and lock her door.

The Veterans Home tells KRON4 around 10:45 a.m. the entire facility, located at 260 California Dr., was ordered to shelter in place.

California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs says they haven't made contact with the gunman who's confined to one room but that hostage negotiators are standing by.

Thornton says she's still shaking and that she hasn't been able to talk to her father.

Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman confirmed the gunman took three hostages. An armoured police vehicle, ambulances and several fire trucks were at the scene.

While officials didn't specify how many hostages there are, the Napa Valley Register newspaper reported that it appears two people are being held.

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Officer John Fransen of the California Highway Patrol confirmed that shots have been fired, according to ABC affiliate KGO.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs said it was following reports of gunfire at the home, and that the safety of its residents, workers and the community were its top priority.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office released an advisory on social media warning people to avoid the area.

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

The Pathway Home is a privately run program on the veteran home's grounds, in the wealthy Napa Valley town of Yountville.

According to CNN, the veterans home is the largest in the country and is home to some 1000 elderly and disable residents.

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