Yountville, CA – After an all-day standoff with a shooter at Yountville Veterans Home, authorities have announced that the suspect and three female employee hostages were found dead.
The standoff started after witnesses say a man who appeared to be in body armor and armed with an M-4 type rifle went into the facility at around 10:20 a.m. and opened fire.
Law enforcement responded to the scene as an active shooter, and a deputy exchanged gunfire with the suspect upon their arrival.
Napa County Sheriff John Robertson said that “many bullets” were fired, but nobody was hit, according to KNTV.
The suspect then barricaded with three hostages.
SWAT responded and spent the day attempting to communicate with the suspect. They were unable to make contact with the suspect or hostages all day.
California Highway Patrol announced at a press conference that at around 6 p.m. officers made entry and located the suspect and three female employees deceased.
California Sen. Bill Dodd told ABC7 that the gunman’s identity was known to law enforcement, and the he was a veteran who had been treated at the facility for PTSD after serving in the Middle East. He had been asked the leave the facility earlier in the week because of rule violations to remain in the program.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims.