Students had faced lockdown at veterans home

Students had faced lockdown at veterans home

The armed suspect was dressed in black with body armor, according to local news.

A woman who lives on the property tells KTVU she is safe, and is now on lockdown.

"(My) heart just bleeds for the people that are being held hostage", Thornton said. The program treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Larry Kramer told CNN that his wife, Pathways employee Devereaux Smith, came face-to-face with the gunman but escaped.

Brian Goder, a 59-year-old Air Force veteran who has lived at the Veterans' Home for a little over two years, said he was walking to the dining hall when he was put on lockdown. He said he did not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

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"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".

Both ground and air ambulances were being staged near the Veterans Home as a precaution. Teenagers from Justin-Siena High School who had been rehearsing in the theater drove themselves out in a line of cars Friday afternoon.

Earlier, it emerged the veterans home was on lockdown after reports of shots fired.

A resident of the home, identified as Rod Allen by the local CBS affiliate KPIX, said the gunman took the hostages after allowing some people at a party to leave.

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".

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

The state Veterans Affairs department says the home that opened in 1984 is the largest veterans' home in the United States, with about 1,000 elderly and disabled residents.

The Yountville Veterans Home, located in Napa Valley wine country about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco, is the largest such facility in the United States and is home to about 1,000 veterans, according to the home's website.

Entry to the Veteran Home was blocked off to the public and golfers were to be cleared from Vintners golf course as a precaution.

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