BREAKING: Gunman Takes Hostages at California Veterans Facility

Elder Patriot – An armed man took three hostages during an “active shooter situation” at a California veterans’ home this afternoon.  Officials immediately sent the facility into lockdown.

According to the CalVet, the facility houses about 1,000 aging vets and is the largest veterans home in the United States with men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom residing there.

A Napa County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the scene within four minutes of the call coming in and encountered the suspect in one of the buildings resulting in gunfire being exchanged.

Assistant Chief Chris Childs, of the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Division reported, “It’s not known at this time how many rounds were exchanged but I am happy to report that as of this moment, there have been no injuries.”

However, the suspect is believed to be holding three hostages.

According to reports the hostages are not veterans home employees. They are believed to be employees of Pathway Home, a group that its website claims “serves post-9/11 veterans affected by deployment-related stress. (PTSD)” 

Negotiating teams were trying to contact the gunman at the time this was published.

The FBI was in the process of deploying a SWAT team to the site facility and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was also said to be responding.

This is a developing story.  We will update you as warranted…