Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

Saul Bowman
March 10, 2018

A gunman dressed in black and wearing body armor stormed into the veterans home with an automatic weapon, according to the Napa Valley Register.

Police in northern California are responding to a hostage situation at a home for military veterans.

Officials gave an update on the situation unfolding at a veterans home in Yountville on Friday. A boy was shot in the head, while a girl was hit in the wrist, according to reports from the scene. Kramer's wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of the people allowed to leave. An employee at the veterans home told her to close and lock her door. CHP and Napa County fire officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The state Veterans Affairs department says the home that opened in 1984, and offers residential accommodations with recreational, social, and therapeutic activities for independent living. The facility is on lockdown, and all residents and staff are sheltering in place. It added that its officers are on scene and working with the Napa County Sheriff. He said he did not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

Robertson said about 70 students who were inside the Lincoln Theater, located on the grounds of the veterans home, have been evacuated and are safe.

"I don't know the world we live in today, I really don't", she said. "Napa Valley is a wonderful, handsome place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling".

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