A horrible situation is currently unfolding in Napa Valley, California. According to reports from the scene, a gunman has fired shots and has taken hostages.
The emergency situation has officers responding from across the area. One report stated that the gunman had a rifle with a telescopic scope and was wearing body armor.
"Law enforcement authorities have responded to the Yountville Veterans Home this morning following reports of gunfire near the main dining hall. The facility is on lockdown, and all residents and staff are sheltering in place. We will continue to update you as we get more information," said state Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman Joshua Kiser in an email.
The facility is one of the nation's largest veterans care institutes in the country. It was constructed in the 1880s. The grounds have been placed on lockdown and those in the building have been encouraged to shelter in place as responders rush to find the shooter. The campus is over 600-acres and 840 veterans live on the property.
"Everyone is just in alert mode, and we're taking information as it comes," Kiser told The Times in a phone interview from his office on the east side of the campus. "Our shades are drawn. Locked the doors."
Reports from the L.A. Times say that ambulances have arrived on the scene. Hwpevr, do to the increased security threat, no paramedics have entered the building. Police have a press conference scheduled and will be providing more information.
Until then, please join us in praying for a safe end to this scary situation. We also pray for all the police officers responding to the scene.
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