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Veteran's Home Facility In California Under Lockdown Due To Active Shooter
Reports indicate a man in black with body armor and an "automatic weapon" have taken at least two hostages at the Veteran's facility in Yountville, California.
Law enforcement are responding to an active shooter situation being reported at a Yountville, California Veteran's Home facility. Multiple shots have been fired although no casualties or injuries have been reported as of yet, according to NBC.
CalVet, the California Department of Veteran Affairs, has offered a statement on the ongoing situation.
"Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran’s Home right now following reports of gunfire. The safety of our residents, workers and the community is our top priority. We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement," said the statement, according to NBC.
A man dressed in black and wearing body armor and carrying an "automatic weapon" was seen at the scene. Original reports indicated that three hostages had been taken, but later reports suggested it was only two, according to The Napa Valley Register. Residents and employees have sought shelter. Both ground and air ambulences are being prepared to respond.
The California Highway patrol has made a public announcement about the situation over Twitter.
"The CHP is aware of the incident at the Yountville Veterans Home and has officers and aerial resources on scene working with Napa County Sheriff’s deputies and others to bring the situation to a safe conclusion. A CHP SWAT team is also enroute. More details as info is available," reads the tweet.
Susie Steimle, a reporter for CBSSF, tweeted that services are being set up for families to check on the safety of their relatives.
"Just spoke with the PIO for the Veterans Home of California in #Yountville he says they are sheltering in place but they are OK. They are working to set up a hotline for family members to call to get information about loved ones," she tweeted.
Original calls to police were made at around 10:20am, according to CBS Local. Multiple agencies established perimeters shortly after that.
The Veteran's home in Yontville is one of the largest in the country.
A nearby golf course, Vintners Golf Club, has also shut down as a response to the situation, according to KRON4.
The situation is currently developing. Police are asking residents to avoid the area.
[Photo: Screenshot via CBS]