California veteran's home on lockdown after reports of shots fired

Three female workers along with the gunmen were found dead at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville Calif. on Friday after a nearly eight hour standoff

CNN reports that the center is home to around 1,000 retired veterans and is the largest such facility in the country.

She was able to speak with him by phone, according to AP.

Negotiating teams are trying to talk with the gunman, who is believed to be armed with a rifle, he said.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs said it was following reports of gunfire at the home, and that the safety of its residents, workers and the community were its top priority.

The hostages are employees of the facility's Pathway Home, a privately run program treating veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, cops said.

Yountville is a small town home to wineries such as Domaine Chandon, which is less than a half-mile from the veterans home, and Thomas Keller's famed restaurant The French Laundry, which is about a mile away.

Fernando Juarez 36 of Napa center embraces his 22-year-old sister Vanessa Flores right at the Veterans Home of California on Friday

Hostages held in active shooting situation at Yountville veterans homeABC7 News crews at the scene have not heard gunshots but report seeing half a dozen ambulances at the property.

Fransen said authorities were working to establish a secure perimeter around the facility.

An armed man took three hostages in an "active shooter situation" at a veterans' home in Napa Valley, California, on Friday, fire officials told the Associated Press.

The Napa County Sheriff's Department issued an alert to residents at 10.30am warning them to avoid the area.

Founded in 1884, it is the largest veterans' home in the United States, offering services to more than 1,000 aged or disabled veterans. Residents from the home often golf at the club for free, said Jason Boltt at Vintners.

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