UPDATE @ 08.10AM (AEST): POLICE are continuing to respond to an ‘active shooter situation’ at a veterans home in the United States, with at least three employees taken hostage by an armed man.
Police have confirmed there are no reports of injuries at this stage.
Local media is reporting the man, dressed in black body armour, slipped into an employee going-away party at the Yountville Veterans Home, leading to a lockdown of the sprawling grounds in California.
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Hostage negotiators have been called to the scene but have so far not been able to get in contact with the gunman.
The Pathway Home, a privately run program on the veteran home’s grounds, treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.
It houses around 1000 people.
EARLIER @ 06.17AM(AEST): POLICE have rushed to a veterans home in California following reports of an active shooter who has taken hostages.
Local media reports claim an armed man dressed in black body armour was seen in the area around the Yountville Veterans Home on Friday morning (local time) and he may have been carrying an automatic weapon.
There have been reports of shots fired on the property, prompting a major response from local law enforcement.
California Highway Patrol did not release any information on the number of hostages.
Yountville Veterans Home is the largest veterans home in the United States with around one thousand residents.
We’ll have more information as it comes to hand.