3 hostages held by armed individual at California veterans home


The home is under lockdown after reports of shots fired, according to a spokesperson at the veteran's home, NBC Bay Area reports.

Camera IconPolice stand outside a veterans home in California.

The Veterans Home of California, Fresno is taking some extra precautions to protect its residents and staff on Friday in the wake of a hostage situation at a veterans home in Napa County.

California Highway Patrol team confirmed on Twitter that officials in the area are aware of the situation at Yountville Veterans Home.

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.

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At 10:20 a.m. PT, reports came into police that a man dressed in black, wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon entered the grounds of the facility, according to the Napa Valley Register.

There are no reported injuries at this stage. Amanda Vargas, whose husband is the chief of finance in the home's administrative building, said she's been in touch with her husband and he is safe.

"I don't know the world we live in today, I really don't", she said.

Thornton says her 96-year-old father - a WWII fighter pilot - is inside a hospital wing at the home in Yountville, north of San Francisco. "Napa Valley is a wonderful, lovely place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling". The department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.