Update: Suspected gunman, 3 hostages dead in California veterans home

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March 9, 2018 (Gephardt Daily/UPI) — It’s being reported that a gunman and three women he was holding as hostages at a veterans home in California have been found dead.

The tragic incident at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, north of the Napa wine country, began Friday morning.

The Napa Valley Register reported the gunman was a member of a program at the veterans home geared toward veterans with emotional trauma.

The Napa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed its presence at the facility at 10:47 a.m. PST. By 2:20 p.m. local time, hostage negotiators were still on-site.

At about 7:45 p.m. local time, authorities said the suspected gunman and the hostages were dead, according to NBC News.

NBC said Chris Childs, assistant chief of the California Highway Patrol Golden Gate Division, announced at a news conference that “law enforcement officers entered the room where the gunman was thought to be holding the hostages shortly before 6 p.m. and discovered one male and three females dead.”

The Yountville facility, the largest veterans home in the United States, houses roughly 1,100 aged or disabled veterans, according to its Facebook page.


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