UPDATE, 10:55 p.m. EST – An official said the suspected shooter and three hostages are dead at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville after an hours-long standoff, when the armed man took the three people as hostages, according to reports.
No other details were immediately available.
An armed man had taken three hostages at a veterans’ home in Yountville, California, in what was called an “active shooter situation,” a fire official there said Friday. The standoff lasted at least eight hours.
There were reports of 15 to 20 shots being fired, but it was unclear if the shots were fired inside or outside the building.
BREAKING: California fire official says armed man has taken three hostages at veterans home; calls it `active shooter situation’
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 9, 2018
The Veterans Home of California-Yountville in Napa Valley is the largest of its kind in the country, with roughly 1,100 veterans ranging from having served in World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The veterans home was on lockdown and a SWAT team was negotiating with the shooter and hostage-taker.
California Veterans Affairs reported that law enforcement responded after reports of shots fired.
Yountville Veterans Home Update ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Y4Wt0dK9kZ
— CalVet (@MyCalVet) March 9, 2018
There were 15 to 20 shots fired.
Police say that 15 to 20 shots were fired at the Yountville Veterans Center, where three people were taken hostage. https://t.co/PmEDdRErzO Video: @MarkIbanez2 pic.twitter.com/E5gCs0p7LN
— KTVU (@KTVU) March 9, 2018