(UPDATING) Gunman Holding Hostages at Napa County Veterans Home

Mar 10, 2018, 00:35
(UPDATING) Gunman Holding Hostages at Napa County Veterans Home

CNBC reports that the California Highway Patrol confirmed that, on Friday, multiple shots were fired and the facility has gone on lockdown.

Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility, which is home to about 1,000 residents.

The incident at the Yountville Veterans Home is now classified as an "active shooter situation".

An official with the California Department of Veterans Affairs says law enforcement is at the Veterans Home to investigate reports of gunfire.

"This in an active and fluid situation", California Highway Patrol Sergeant Robert Nacke told reporters in Yountville, though he declined to provide any further information about the situation inside the home. He said a hotline will be set up for people to obtain information about relatives inside the home.

An armoured police vehicle, ambulances and several fire trucks were at the scene.

It is unclear if the shots were live rounds, according to an official from the Veteran's Home.

Yountville is about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Residents were temporarily evacuated from the veterans home in October when fires raged through Napa County.

A nearby elementary school was also briefly placed on lockdown, and the Napa County Sheriff's office is asking motorists to avoid the area around the facility.

There are no reported injuries at this stage. "Napa Valley is a wonderful, lovely place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling".