3 hostages dead after shooting, standoff at veterans home in California

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at a veterans home in California.

Posted: Mar. 9, 2018 12:41 PM
Updated: Mar. 11, 2018 12:13 PM

UPDATE - U.S. official says gunman, 3 hostages dead after shooting, standoff at veterans home in California.
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YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman says a gunman has taken hostages at a veterans home in California.

Police closed access to the large veterans home in Yountville after a man with a gun was reported on the grounds.

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."

The Napa Valley Register reported that a man wearing body armor and armed with an automatic weapon entered the home.

The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to a telephone call from The Associated Press.

The state Veterans Affairs Department says it is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 residents.

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