YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (KTVU) – Shots were fired at The Veterans Home of California in Yountville near the dining hall Friday morning, and there are three hostages, according to Napa County Fire.
KTVU’s Mark Ibanez is at the scene. He was told by SWAT to stay back because the shooter has an automatic weapon.
He reports there are about two dozen law enforcement vehicles from all over Napa County at the scene.
Linda La Rue Koch lives on the property. She told KTVU she is safe, and is currently on lockdown. She posted on Facebook, “Please pray we have about 30 police here at the Vets Home there is a shooter here. We’re in lockdown in the MSC Building.” And the neighboring Vintners Golf Club has cleared the golf course of golfers due to the incident.
Yountville Elementary School was on lockdown briefly.
The Veterans Home of California-Yountville, at 260 California Drive, was founded in 1884, and is the largest veterans’ home in the United States. About 1,100 veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home, the.
The Yountville Home also serves the larger Napa Valley community with a 1,200-seat Lincoln Theater, where the Napa Valley Symphony plays, a 9-hole golf course, Recreational Vehicle park, the Borman Field baseball stadium, bowling lanes, swimming pool, and a military Base Exchange branch store.