California (United States), Mar 10: An armed man took at least three people hostage on Friday after he slipped into a farewell party in a US veterans’ home. At around 10:40 AM, police were called to report shootings at Veterans’ Home of California in Yountville. Also Read - Shooting: India Men's Skeet Team Beats Kazakhstan to Win Bronze in ISSF World Cup in Egypt
The authorities couldn’t confirm if anyone was injured in the firing. The police immediately evacuated the 600-acre property where the incident had taken place. Also Read - 'Another Phase of Greatest Witch Hunt', Says Donald Trump After US Senate Acquits Him in Historic Impeachment Trial
“We do have an active shooter situation with a hostage situation in Yountville,” California Highway Patrol Officer John Fransen told KTVU-TV. Also Read - US Court Seeks Status Report On Visas To Family Members Of H1-B Holders
The Napa County Sheriff’s Department warned the residents of the veterans’ home to avoid the area because of “activity at the Veterans Home in Yountville”.
The authorities didn’t give any information about the gunman and his motive. Witnesses reported a man in body armour and armed with an automatic weapon entering the centre where a party was going on.
“Law enforcement is at the Yountville Veteran’s Home right now following reports of gunfire,” a spokesman for the veterans’ home said. “The safety of our residents, workers and the community is our top priority,’ the home added, reported Mirror.
“We have activated our emergency response protocol and are cooperating with law enforcement. Further official information will be provided by law enforcement when it is confirmed,” it said.
The veterans’ home houses nearly 1,000 soldiers. It is said to be the largest US veterans home in the United States. Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom now live at the home, according to the website.
The grounds are also home to a 1,200-seat theater, a 9-hole golf course, a baseball stadium, bowling lanes, a swimming pool, and a military Base Exchange branch store.
With PTI inputs.