Police Investigating Report Of Active Shooter At Napa County Veterans Home

About 1,000 male and female disabled and elderly veterans from World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq live at the home, according to its website.

Larry Kamer says his wife, Devereaux Smith, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathway Home.

A gunman has taken at least three people hostage at the largest care home for veterans in the United States.

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

Chris Childs with California Highway Patrol said he can not confirm what type of rifle the gunman has.

Yountville is a small town home to wineries such as Domaine Chandon, which is less than a half-mile from the veterans home, and Thomas Keller's famed restaurant The French Laundry, which is about a mile away.

The gate at the California Avenue home is closed, restricting access to the 300-bed long-term care facility, said Julie Cusator, public information officer. Yountville sits about 56 miles north of San Francisco and is in the North Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay area.

California Highway Patrol added it had dispatched "officers and aerial resources" to the scene, with a SWAT team also enroute. CHP and Napa County fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

He tells KTVU-TV the property of the large veterans home was evacuated after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds.

Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility, which is home to about 1,000 residents.

Yountville is in Napa Valley, the heart of Northern California's wine country.

Around 10:30 a.m. Friday, the Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents warning them to avoid the area.

  • David Armstrong