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

Family of pregnant victim releases statement after Yountville shooting

A gunman slipped into an employee going-away party at the largest veterans home in the United States and took at least three people hostage Friday, leading to a lockdown of the sprawling grounds in California, authorities and family members said.

Linda La Rue Koch, who lives on the property, told KTVU she was safe but placed on lockdown. Kramer's wife, Devereaux Smith, was one of the people allowed to leave.

"Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran's Home right now following reports of gunfire", CalVet secretary Vito Imbasciani said in a statement. Although no casualties have yet been reported by law enforcement, Napa County Fire Captain Chase Beckham revealed that a hostage situation is unfolding, and the gunman has barricaded himself within the center.

California Highway Patrol added it had dispatched "officers and aerial resources" to the scene, with a SWAT team also enroute.

The Napa County Sheriff's Office said officers responded to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville around 10:45 a.m. local time and a shelter-in-place order was issued.

According to California Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Home of California in Yountville dates back to 1884 and is considered the largest veterans home in the USA with more than 1000 veterans from all wars dating back to World War II.

The neighboring Vintners Golf Club has cleared the golf course of golfers due to the incident. About 1,000 veterans from conflicts spanning from World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom are said to call the facility home.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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