Police responding to hostage situation at home for military veterans in California

Reports of active shooter at California veterans home

The witnesses husband said the women were having a staff meeting, a celebration for employees that were leaving the facility, and the gunman entered as "calm as can be". Residents and employees were told to take shelter while law enforcement surrounded Building G, where the suspect was thought to be. Teenagers from Justin-Siena High School who had been rehearsing in the theater drove themselves out in a line of cars Friday afternoon. He said authorities know the gunman's identify but are not releasing it yet. The program treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder. He didn't give a motive for the gunman's actions.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office reported at least one shot was sacked, but no casualties have been confirmed.

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.

Jan Thornton was among hundreds of relatives anxious sick about their loved ones.

A woman who lives on the property tells KTVU she is safe, and is now on lockdown. She is in the home's dining hall and not allowed to leave.

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Nobody is known to be injured, he said, but earlier the man and officers fired shots at each other.

Founded in 1884, the facility houses about 1,000 aging vets and is the largest veterans home in the United States, according to the CalVet. It is still an active shooter situation and the suspect has taken a few hostages, according to local fire officials.

Larry Kramer told Reuters his wife worked at the facility, the largest of its kind in the country and home to about 1,000 veterans about 50 miles (80 km) northeast of San Francisco.

"Everyone is just in alert mode, and we're taking information as it comes", state Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Joshua Kiser told the Los Angeles Times in a phone interview from his office on the home's grounds.

Police closed access to the large veterans home in Yountville after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds. About 1,100 veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home, the.

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