A lockdown was initiated at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville after reports of a shooting and possible hostages taken. Here’s what we know so far.
1. The Veterans Home Was Put on Lockdown After Reports of an Active Shooter
The Veterans Home was put on lockdown on Friday after there were reports of an active shooter in the facility. Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Johsua Kiser said in an email: “Law enforcement authorities have responded to the Yountville Veterans Home this morning following reports of gunfire near the main dining hall. The facility is on lockdown, and all residents and staff are sheltering in place. We will continue to update you as we get more information.”
In an interview with the LA Times, Kiser said that everyone was in alert mode and the doors were locked and the shades were drawn.
2. Some Reports Indicate Hostages May Have Been Taken
Some reports have indicated that hostages may have been taken, but this has not yet been confirmed. NBC Bay Area said that early reports indicated that as many as three hostages were taken and one shot was fired, but no one was injured. However, KRON4 reported that as many as 30 shots might have been fired outside the main dining area, but it wasn’t known if they were live rounds. Later reports are showing that it may be two hostages rather than three, and the standoff is at Building G of the Veterans Home.
3. Some Reports Said the Gunman May Be Dressed in Black and Wearing Body Armor
As with all shooting incidents, reports at first are varied and unreliable, with some possibly being revised as more details come in. It’s not known yet who the shooter is, but Napa Valley Register reported that the man may have been dressed in black and wearing body armor and carrying an automatic weapon.
4. The Veterans Home Is One of the Largest in the Country
The Veterans Home in Yountville is one of the largest in the United States. It houses 1,100 men and women of all ages, from World War II era to present-day.
5. The Veterans Home Is Located Off Highway 29 and California Drive
The Veterans Home is located off Highway 29 and California Drive in Yountville. Try to avoid the area if you can.
This is a developing story. We will update this story as we have more information.