Andrew Goff / Friday, March 9 @ 12:14 p.m. / News
(UPDATING) Gunman Holding Hostages After Firing on Law Enforcement at Napa County Veterans Home
UPDATE, Saturday 3:45 p.m.:
Yesterday’s active shooter situation at the Yountville Veteran’s Facility ended in tragedy after law enforcement found the suspected gunman, identified as Albert Wong, and three women hostages dead at the scene.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.: At a 2 p.m. press conference a Captain Chris Childs with the California Highway Patrol confirmed that the gunman is holding three hostages in one room. The hostages are employees of the facility.
Law enforcement has yet to establish contact with the gunman. Hostage negotiators are on scene in case communication is made.
The gunman exchanged fire with the first officers to arrive on the scene this morning, but Childs said that no one was injured.
“I’m happy to report there is no other public safety threat, ” Childs said.
CHP has set up a hotline for people who may have loved ones at the facility and want to check and make sure they are OK: 707-948-3331.
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Original Post: Numerous media outlets are reporting that an armed man is holding people captive at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville.
Reports of an active shooter were called in just before 10:30 a.m. this morning. The Napa Valley Register reports that the suspect is a 36-year-old man, dressed in all black and sporting body armor, who had been enrolled in The Pathway Home, a program for emotionally traumatized military veterans. He was asked to leave earlier this week.
Law enforcement representing multiple agencies have are staging around the scene. The suspect has reportedly fired multiple shots at officers but there have yet to be any injuries.
According to the LA Times, the Veterans Home of California-Yountville is one of the nation’s largest veterans care facilities with more than 840 veterans residing on its 600-acre campus.
We will update when we know more. Below is live video from the scene courtesy CBS.