Yountville Veteran's Home: Gunman Takes Hostages In California, Official Says

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UPDATE: 5:27 p.m. EST — Authorities briefed reporters about an ongoing hostage situation at a California veterans home in a press conference Friday afternoon.

"We are treating this as an active shooting situation," Napa County Sheriff John Robertson told reporters.

Officials said law enforcement agencies responded to the scene within four minutes and gunfire was exchanged between the shooter and officers. Robertson confirmed that three hostages were taken by the gunman and that tactical teams were on site for hostage negotiations. Authorities said they had the suspect confined to one room where he was armed with a rifle.

UPDATE: 4:46 p.m. EST — Amanda Marie Vargas, whose husband Miguel Vargas is the home's chief of finance, confirmed the gunman took three hostages.

"He is in a spot that I cannot talk about that is meant to keep everyone safe," Vargas told Newsweek of her husband, who is a 20-year veteran of the Air Force.

Vargas said her husband was in the nearby administration building and has been in lockdown mode since around 10:30 am local time.

Original story:

A veterans home in Yountville, California, was placed on lockdown Friday amid reports of shots being fired.

"We have activated our emergency response protocol," the California Department of Veterans Affairs said in a statement.

A fire official called the incident an "active shooter situation," as police blocked off access after reports that a man had a gun, the Associated Press reported.

Initial reports suggested three people were taken hostage, though that number was later amended to two. There were reports of about 30 shots fired outside the main dining area, according to local news outlet KRON4.

People in the area also tweeted about shots being fired.

So far, no injuries or causalities have been reported.

The center is the largest veteran's residence community in the U.S. and has about 1,000 residents.

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