Police respond to shots-fired report at California veterans' home

A man wearing body armour and armed with an automatic weapon reportedly entered the

Police in California's Napa County are responding to reports that a gunman is holding hostages inside a veterans home.

"Police activity" was first reported in a police alert at 10:47 a.m. local time, with authorities advising the public avoid the area.

Yountville is a small town home to wineries such as Domaine Chandon, which is less than a half-mile from the veterans home, and Thomas Keller's famed restaurant The French Laundry, which is about a mile away.

The Napa Valley Register reports that the suspect is thought to be 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 said a hotline will be set up for people to obtain information about relatives inside the home. An armored police vehicle, ambulances and several fire trucks were at the scene.

California Highway Patrol and SWAT are on the scene.

Founded in 1884, the facility houses about 1,000 aging vets and is the largest veterans home in the United States, according to the CalVet. It is located in Yountville, north of San Francisco. She was placed on lockdown and he spoke to her by phone. An employee at the veterans home told her to close and lock her door. "Napa Valley is a wonderful, attractive place and to know this is in your background, it's unsettling".

The home has been in contact the California Highway Patrol, which provides public safety help because the home is a state facility, Cusator said.