This is the largest veterans home in the United States, housing about 1,100 men and women. Gunman takes hostages at Yountville veterans home At a press conference officials confirmed that gunshots were exchanged between deputies and the suspected gunman. Kramer's wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of the people allowed to leave. Investigators know who the gunman is and they know he is armed with a rifle. "There were many bullets fired".
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. A source told KTVU's Mark Ibanez the Federal Bureau of Investigation was negotiating with the suspect by phone. Authorities have been trying to contact the gunman on his cell phone. He fired dozens of shots, the resident said, according to KGO.
Hostages held in active shooting situation at Yountville veterans homeABC7 News crews at the scene have not heard gunshots but report seeing half a dozen ambulances at the property.
"Law enforcement is at the Yountsville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire", they posted on Twitter.
Gunman takes hostages at US veterans home
Camera IconPolice stand outside a veterans home in California. It will celebrate 134 years on April 1.
Yountville is a town of about 3,000 residents in the north San Francisco Bay area.
The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents at 10:30 a.m. Friday warning them to avoid the area because of "activity at the Veterans Home in Yountville".
A SWAT team is also on the way to the scene.
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