Gunman takes hostages at veterans home in Napa Valley, Californi

Gunman takes hostages at veterans home in Napa Valley, Californi

Bay Area quoted a local fire captain as saying that a gunman had taken hostages inside the home.

A witness said dozens of emergency vehicles were racing along Highway 29 toward the veterans home, including at least four ambulances.

The Veterans Home of California Yountville is on lockdown Friday after reports of an active shooter who is holding 3 people hostage. Law enforcement from the Napa County, Marin and the California Highway Patrol have surrounded the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, which is the largest veterans' residence community in the United States.

Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility.

"Law enforcement is at the Yountsville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire", they posted on Twitter.

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The Napa Valley Register reported an armed gunman, dressed in black with body armor, entered the building and may have taken hostages.

The state Veterans Affairs department says the home that opened in 1984 is the nation's largest veterans home, with about 1,000 elderly and disabled residents.

The FBI has deployed a SWAT team to Yountville, spokesperson Katherine Zackel said.

"I don't know the world we live in today, I really don't", she said. "Napa Valley is a wonderful, attractive place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling".

A nearby elementary school was also briefly placed on lockdown, and the Napa County Sheriff's office is asking motorists to avoid the area around the facility.