Gunman takes hostages at California vets home

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A man, dressed in black and wearing body armor, was reportedly armed with an automatic weapon, according to the Napa Valley Register.

A woman who lives on the property tells KTVU she is safe, and is now on lockdown.

An Army veteran says he has sent out alerts for residents of the largest veterans home in the U.S.to stay in place after a gunman took three people hostage.

Still, she worked about the stress of the lockdown on her father, considering his age and that he has post-traumatic stress disorder and some dementia.

Larry Kramer told CNN that his wife, Pathways employee Devereaux Smith, came face-to-face with the gunman but escaped.

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The Veterans Home of California opened in 1884 and is the oldest veterans home in the country.

He does not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

"Law enforcement is at the Yountsville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire", they posted on Twitter.

Kamer says his wife is now inside the home's dining hall and is not allowed to leave. "This is a little community and we all know each other".

Ground and air ambulances were being staged near the Veterans Home, police said. It added that its officers are on scene and working with the Napa County Sheriff. Teenagers from Justin-Siena High School who had been rehearsing in the theater drove themselves out in a line of cars Friday afternoon. Gunman takes hostages at Yountville veterans home At a press conference officials confirmed that gunshots were exchanged between deputies and the suspected gunman.

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The Napa County Sheriff's Office says there is police activity going on in the area.

The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.

The California Department of Veterans (CalVet), which operates the home, said it enacted its emergency protocol.

The veterans home, which is roughly 60 miles north of San Francisco and located in the heart of California's wine country, houses about 1,000 aged and disabled veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War.

Entry to the Veteran Home was blocked off, and the nearby Vintners golf course was also closed.

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