Husband of worker: Gunman at Yountville veterans home slipped into party before taking hostages

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A man says a gunman quietly came into a going-away party and staff meeting at a Northern California veterans home and let some leave, while keeping others hostage.

Larry Kamer says his wife, Devereaux Smith, is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Pathway Home.

She was at the party Friday morning of 10 to 15 people at the Yountville veterans home. Pathway Home’s program treats veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Kamer says his wife is now inside the home’s dining hall and is not allowed to leave. He spoke to her by phone.

He does not know if the shooter was a veteran receiving treatment from the home.

Napa County Fire captain Chase Beckman said earlier that the gunman took at least three people hostage.

Kamer said he does not know why the shooter let his wife and some colleagues leave.




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