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Reports of active shooter at California veterans home

Reports of active shooter at California veterans home

Police evacuated the property of the Veterans Home of California after reports of a man with a gun at the facility in Yountville, one of Napa Valley's most upscale towns in the heart of Northern California wine country.

Kamer said he does not know why the shooter let his wife and some colleagues leave the party. Residents and employees were told to take shelter while law enforcement surrounded Building G, where the suspect was thought to be.

Both ground and air ambulances were being staged near the Veterans Home as a precaution.

Larry Kamer, whose wife was released by the gunman, spoke with KTVU about the hostage situation. He didn't give a motive for the gunman's actions.

Responding deputies exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was armed with a rifle.

"They were always safe", the sheriff said.

Nobody is known to be injured, he said, but earlier the man and officers fired shots at each other. "They were put into a locked down position for their own safety".

Bob Sloan says he was working at the California facility's resident-run TV station when a co-worker came in Friday morning and said he had just heard four gunshots coming from the nearby Pathway Home, a privately run program for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder on the grounds.

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A large police presence is in the area.

Also, a hotline for family members has been set up for those who want to check on the status of employees or patients of the veterans home.

"We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement", the state Department of Veterans Affairs said in a Twitter post.

"I'm waiting for a phone call from my daughter", Harrison said.

The Yountville facility is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.

The Veterans Home of California-Yountville, at 260 California Drive, was founded in 1884, and is the largest veterans' home in the United States. Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom live at the home, according to the website.

Thornton says her 96-year-old father - a WWII fighter pilot - is inside a hospital wing at the home in Yountville, north of San Francisco.

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