Reports are coming in of a gunman taking hostages at a veterans home in California's Napa Valley. The Napa County Sheriff's Office confirmed police presence through an alert shortly before 11 a.m. Friday.
The California Department of Veterans (CalVet), which operates the home, said it enacted its emergency protocol. He says officials know who the gunman is but weren't releasing his name and didn't know what his motive was.
Residents were temporarily evacuated from the veterans home in October when fires raged through Napa County.
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Authorities said they could not immediately say if anyone was injured.
At a brief news conference, patrol spokesman Sgt. Robert Nacke said he knew of no injuries. It is located in Yountville, north of San Francisco. Thornton said her 96-year-old father - a WWII fighter pilot - was inside a hospital wing and she had reached one of his friends who said he was safe. An employee at the veterans home told her to close and lock her door.
The Napa Valley Register reported an armed gunman, dressed in black with body armor, entered the building and may have taken hostages.
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It is unclear if the shots were live rounds, according to an official from the Veteran's Home.
The state Veterans Affairs department says the home that opened in 1984 is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 elderly and disabled residents.
The Yountville Veterans Home is said the largest veterans' home in the country, according to its website.
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