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California Veterans Home On Lockdown Amid Hostage Situation

Police have responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville after an active shooter took hostages in the facility.

The Napa County Sheriff’s office responded to the area Friday morning and has told citizens to avoid the area. Officer John Fransen with the California Highway Patrol confirmed the active shooter to HuffPost and said the agency is dealing with a hostage situation. The Associated Press reports that three hostages have been taken.

“Potentially” 30 shots have been fired, Veterans Home spokesman Joshua Kisser told HuffPost.

Jan Thornton, 51, said her father is a WWII veteran who lives in the skilled nursing section of the facility. She said staff immediately locked down the buildings, along with individual rooms, upon reports of an active shooter. 

“I called my dad’s friend [who lives there] right away, because my dad has dementia and I didn’t want to panic him,” Thornton said, adding that her father is safe.

The Veterans Home is built on roughly 600 acres, making it the largest veterans’ home in the U.S., Kisser said. The facility is home to approximately 1,000 retired service members. The facility is about an hour north of San Francisco. 

Ground and air ambulances were being staged near the Veterans Home as a precaution, police said. Police have cleared out the nearby Vintners Golf Club, which is open to the public.

“My poor dad,” Thornton said. “He saw enough of this at war. He doesn’t need to see this at home.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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