Gunman takes hostages at nation's largest veterans home
10 March, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Mable Gonzales
The California Highway Patrol is also responding with aerial resources and sending a SWAT team to assist the Napa County Sheriff's Office on scene. Teenagers from Justin-Siena High School who had been rehearsing in the theater drove themselves out in a line of cars Friday afternoon.
According to CHP Capt. Chris Childs, a hotline at 707-948-3331 was created for those who are concerned about the safety of friends and family at the Yountville Veterans Home. The Pathway Home, a privately run program on the veteran home's grounds, treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hostage negotiators from three different agencies were trying to make contact with the suspect, the California Highway Patrol said. Authorities know his identity, he said, though it has not been disclosed yet.
Jan Thornton of Vallejo is among hundreds of relatives anxious about their loved ones at a Northern California veterans home that was locked down after reports of an active shooter. The facility is about an hour north of San Francisco.
"She's quite shaken up".
Gunman takes hostages at US veterans home
Jan Thornton, 51, said her father is a WWII veteran who lives in the skilled nursing section of the facility. Gunman takes hostages at Yountville veterans home At a press conference officials confirmed that gunshots were exchanged between deputies and the suspected gunman. Thornton said she was anxious about how her dad's coping with the stress, considering his age, PTSD and slight dementia. Kramer's wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of the people allowed to leave.
The Napa County Sheriff's Office is asking people to avoid the area.
The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.
Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility, which is home to about 1,000 residents. "We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement and law enforcement will provide further official information when confirmed", said Dr. Vito Imbasciani, the CalVet Secretary, in a statement.
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