Gunman takes hostages after shots fired at California veterans home

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Napa County law enforcement officers were responding Friday morning to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville on a report of an active shooter in the area.

A GUNMAN armed with an assault rifle has taken at least three people hostage at the largest veterans' home in America.

California authorities say they've been trying to contact the gunman holding three veterans program employees hostage at the largest veterans home in the U.S.

Yountville has a population of 2,933, according to the 2010 census, with almost one-third of those residents living at the veterans home. He fired dozens of shots, the resident said, according to KGO. The veterans home, which is roughly 60 miles north of San Francisco and located in the heart of California's wine country, houses about 1,000 aged and disabled veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.

The sheriff's department asked people to avoid the area. She was placed on lockdown and he spoke to her by phone.

He does not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home and does not know why the shooter let his wife and some colleagues leave.

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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.

Police evacuated the property and closed off nearby roads.

The campus remained on lockdown Friday afternoon, but police said the security threat was limited to the Pathway Home.

Photo taken on March 9, 2018 shows the Veterans Home of California in Napa County, Califonia, the United States.

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

While officials didn't specify how many hostages there are, the Napa Valley Register newspaper reported that it appears two people are being held. "We will continue to update you as we get more information", said state Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Johsua Kiser in an email.

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