This is breaking news so things may change as more information gets out…
- Police and SWAT teams responded to hostage situation north of Napa on Friday
- Man wearing a bullet proof vest and armed with assault rifle took hostages
- The gunman, 36, is believed to be part of a program for traumatized military vets
- Veterans Home in Yountville has been in lockdown since 10:40am local time
An armed man wearing a bullet proof vest has reportedly taken three people hostage inside a veteran’s home in California after firing between 15 and 20 shots, law enforcement officials said.
Police and emergency crews were responding to a hostage situation in progress at Veterans Home of California in Yountville, north of Napa, according to Bay Area media reports.
The 600-acre facility has been placed in lockdown since about 10:40am local time on the West Coast, the Department of Veterans Affairs told the Los Angeles Times.
Eyewitnesses say the man had an assault rifle and was wearing body armor.
The gunman, 36, is believed to be a member of The Pathway Home program for military veterans with emotional trauma, according to the Napa Valley Register.
He was said to have been discharged from the aid program two weeks ago.
UPDATE: 8 Hours After Hostage Situation Begins, Police Enter and Find All Hostages and Shooter Dead…
A gunman and three female hostages were dead Friday evening after an hourslong “active shooter situation” at a veterans home in Napa County, Calif.
The bodies were discovered around 6 p.m. local time, about eight hours after the gunman slipped into an employee going-away party in a building that houses Pathway Home, a program that assists combat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The three slain women were employees of the program at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco.
Napa County officials identified the slain hostages as Christine Loeber, 48, executive director of Pathway Home; Dr. Jen Golick, 42, a therapist; and Dr. Jennifer Gonzales, 29, whom Pathway Home identified as a psychologist with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
“These brave women were accomplished professionals who dedicated their careers to serving our nation’s veterans, working closely with those in the greatest need of attention after deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a Pathway Home statement said.
Napa identified the gunman as Albert Wong, 36, of Sacramento, a former client of the Pathway Home program.